Mark Palmer is IBM’s Vice President for Public Sector across Europe. In this role he is responsible for IBM’s business with Government across Europe. This includes Defence, Healthcare and Smarter Cities. He was appointed to this position in January 2012. For the three years prior, Palmer had responsibility for the UK Defence & Public Safety business. He directly managed the team of client executives and architects, and provided business direction to specialists working with these clients (MOD, Intelligence, Home Office, Ministry of Justice and all associated agencies). Throughout this period, Palmer championed IBM’s Cyber proposition in the UK. Previously for three years he was the Business Unit Executive for IBM's activities with UK Central Civil Government, and prior to these he held a similar role over four years with responsibility for Local Government and Healthcare business in the UK. During this period he was made an IBM Executive. Prior to these roles Palmer was on assignment in Washington D.C. as the Executive Assistant to the world-wide General Manager for IBM's Public Sector business through 200 and 2001. Palmer joined IBM in January 1996, and initially worked in various roles with clients and Business Partners across the Public Sector in the UK and Europe. During this period he was also an IBM Board Member of a Belgian software company (ELiAS), he represented the IBM share holding in this specialist search engine company. From 1988 to Dec 1995, Palmer was the Business Development Manager for Aerosystems International Ltd. He was a member of the start-up management team in this Sema Group joint venture with Westland Helicopters. The company (since acquired by BAES) specialises in providing systems integration services to the military aerospace market, working with the UK Government, as well as Avionics, Engine and Airframe Prime Contractor clients.