Steve Ladwig, an IBM executive with a lot of experience in Rochester and Minnesota, is the general manager of Toshiba Retail Store Solutions. He now has been tapped to lead this new version of it in the United States from IBM's Raleigh, N.C., campus, where the division is now based.
Ladwig grew up on a family farm in the Albert Lea area, and he did technical consulting with his own company from Albert Lea for a time. Joining IBM in Rochester in 1979, Ladwig eventually became the company's top executive in Minnesota.
In 1998, he left IBM to lead computer storage company Imation Corp. Based in the Twin Cities, Ladwig was credited with opening an Imation office in Rochester in the wake of Western Digital's departure from the city.
From 1998 to 2001, Ladwig was the CEO and president of a Twin Cities software company called Retek Inc.
IBM took him back after that stint came to an end. Ladwig became the leader of Big Blue's retail operation, which tallied about $1.15 billion last year.