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Augusta National Faces Membership Decision For New Female IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
Published March 29, 2012
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GENDER ROLES: YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Wetzel cited club documents and various online databases as indicating that former IBM CEOs John Akers, Louis Gerstner Jr. and Palmisano are "all current members." Their predecessor, John Opel, was a member "until he died last November." Four previous CEOs, "all deceased, were also reportedly members." Wetzel wrote Augusta "probably never saw this one coming." This is Augusta National Chair Billy Payne’s "big moment." And it is "a simple one." By long-established Augusta National standards, Rometty has "earned an invitation for membership." Payne should "quietly offer it." If Rometty "accepts, then they should bring her in with little fanfare" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 3/28). USA TODAY'S Christine Brennan writes Payne is in "quite a bind." Brennan asks, "Does he really want that discrimination to continue against the CEO of IBM?" (USA TODAY, 3/29).