Sam Ladah began his career pursuing an interest in international human rights law. For the past fifteen years, he has worked in the technology sector, creating new employment opportunities to make the sector more inclusive.
In his current role, Sam is the HR Vice President for IBM’s rapidly growing Cloud business. He recently led the Talent Organization for IBM globally, where he was responsible for all of IBM's Talent Acquisition, HR Analytics, Workforce Strategy, Professional Development and Performance Management programs.
Sam has held numerous positions with IBM, including a recent two-year assignment in Tokyo as the HR Vice President for IBM Japan. Sam also completed a two-year assignment based in London as the HR Director for IBM's services business across a dozen European countries. Prior to these international assignments, Sam led due diligence and negotiated the HR terms in more than a dozen IBM acquisitions and divestitures.
Early in his career, Sam practiced law in the areas of insurance defense, criminal defense and commercial litigation. He represented primarily US and European clients and volunteered a significant portion of his time at public interest law firms representing victims of human rights abuses. In transitioning from law to business, Sam worked at software and consumer internet companies in Silicon Valley.
Sam holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego, a JD from Emory University School of Law, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is a member of the California Bar Association.