Kathleen Kingscott

Kathleen Kingscott
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
IBM Research

Kathleen Kingscott is Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for IBM Research.  She is responsible for developing collaborative research partnerships between IBM, industry, academia and government. Ms. Kingscott served as a member of the Secretary of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council 2015-16 and currently is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Innovation Policy Forum.  Ms. Kingscott is IBM’s alternate member of the Board of Directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association. She also chairs the SIA CTO Work Group and serves on the SIA Operating Committee. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Task Force on American Innovation. 

Prior to this, Ms. Kingscott held the IBM Industry Chair at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.  As Visiting Professor, she led classes of senior U.S. military and civilian government executives in science, technology and innovation policy and in studies of the global electronics industry.  During her tenure at ICAF, her students won the Antonelli Award for the best industry study and the Commandant’s Award for Outstanding Research in Support of the Director, DOD Research and Engineering. 

Earlier roles include Director, Worldwide Innovation Policy for the IBM Corporation, responsible for worldwide public policy matters regarding innovation, science and technology. Ms. Kingscott led IBM's participation in the U.S. National Innovation Initiative, co-chaired by IBM's Chairman and CEO, Sam Palmisano. Separately, she led IBM’s policy work in developing the Trusted Foundry, a partnership between IBM and the U.S. government to develop specialized semiconductors for defense applications.  Prior positions include a number of public policy, Congressional relations, information technology marketing and marketing management positions in IBM.  Ms. Kingscott founded and served as chair of the Coalition for Technology Partnerships and was a founding partner of the long-running Congressional Visits Day program on Capitol Hill. 

Ms. Kingscott has been a guest professor on technology and innovation policy, industry/government/university relationships, technology partnerships, corporate public policy organization, advocacy strategy and related topics at Thunderbird University and Princeton University.  She has been with IBM for 43 years and holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Recent Events and Presentations

January 11, 2017

Join ITIF and Brookings to discuss how the incoming administration and Congress can bolster technology transfer and commercialization policies to ensure that federal R&D investments yield stronger commercial results, in large part by better coordinating with regional economies.

May 7, 2014

ITIF will host an expert panel on the current state of investment in university R&D and the policy reforms required to strengthen innovation and growth.

August 2, 2012

ITIF explores the character of early stage government innovation support in both military and energy applications.