2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Wayne S. Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety; IBM Corp.


Wayne S. Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety; IBM Corp.

Wayne S. Balta is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation. He has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, and toxicology and chemical management as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions. He joined IBM in 1984.


In addition to his role as IBM's chief environmental executive, Mr. Balta is a member of IBM's Acceleration Team which is a group of senior IBM executives that drives growth pursuant to innovation and shifts in business and technology. He had also served on IBM's preceding Growth & Transformation Team and Integration & Values Team. In addition, he served on IBM's Global Enablement Team for Kenya and East Africa. He is also IBM's Partnership Executive for Carnegie Mellon University.


Mr. Balta has played a leadership role with a variety of additional organizations including the Environmental Law Institute (prior Vice Chairman of the Board) and the World Environment Center (prior Chairman of the Board). He is a member and past Chairman of The Conference Board's Chief Environment, Health & Safety Officers Council. He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2012 for his efforts to advance corporate environmental sustainability.


Mr. Balta serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University. He was the recipient of Carnegie Mellon's Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009. Mr. Balta is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.


Mr. Balta received a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982. He earned a Master of Science Degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, in 1984.


Mr. Balta is married. He and his wife Maritza have two children.

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