Bete F Demeke has thirty-one years of experience with IBM in the Information Technology industry, with the last eight years primarily focused on international markets. Most recently, Bete served as Vice President of Software for IBM’s Growth Markets, headquartered in Shanghai, China. He was responsible for managing a multi billion dollar business and leading over five thousand employees, in more than 130 countries, across Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Also, Bete is a member of IBM’s Growth and Transformation Team (GTT) – a selected group of senior IBM executives that are change-agents for transformation and growth of the company. In June 2014, Bete initiated a one year leave of absence from IBM to volunteer and support a nonprofit, nongovernmental agency in Ethiopia, Project Mercy.