Executive Insight

PPL Corp. names IBM VP to board

PPL Corp. named Rodney C. Adkins, an executive with more than 30 years of service at IBM, to the company’s board of directors, effective August 1.

Adkins, who will retire from IBM at the end of this year, is currently serving as senior vice president with a focus on special corporate projects and key client relationships. Until April of this year, he was senior vice president of corporate strategy, with responsibility for leading continuous transformation and developing strategies and plans linked to a new era of computing, new markets and new clients for IBM.

“Rod will be an excellent addition to our strong PPL board of directors,” said William H. Spence, PPL chairman, president and CEO. “His technical knowledge and his experience in developing and implementing strategic plans will be very valuable assets as we continue the transformation of PPL Corp.”

Prior to being named senior vice president of Corporate Strategy in 2013, he served as senior vice president of the systems and technology Group for four years. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of IBM’s semiconductor, server, storage and systems software businesses, as well as the company’s supply chain and global business partner organizations.

Adkins also held a number of product management and executive roles at IBM, including running the Desktop PC and UNIX Systems businesses, and he was general manager of the pervasive computing division.