1934 - Akers was born on December 28, 1934.
1960 - Started as a sales trainee in IBM San Francisco.
1974 - Became the president of the Data Processing Division of IBM.
1976 - Became vice president of IBM.
1982 - Became senior vice president of IBM.
1983 - Became president of IBM.
1985 - Became the Chief Executive Officer of IBM.
1986 - Assumed the position as chairman of the board.
1991 - Became a member of the board of Pepsi.
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- "After a heated argument on some trivial matter Nancy [Astor] . shouted, If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee! Whereupon Winston [Churchill] answered, And if I were your husband I would drink it."
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