IBM appoints Frances West as its first chief accessibility officer

Enterprise IT vendor IBM has appointed Frances West as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer.

West will be responsible to guide IBM accessibility policies and practices.  Additionally, she will lead IBM’s collaboration with business, government and academia to advance accessibility standards and policy.

“The success of enterprises and institutions, and their impact on the world, will increasingly be determined by how easily they engage with individuals,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The strategy behind creating a new position is due to the fact that IBM is seeing a great opportunity to design for accessibility fundamentally from the start and to enhance the abilities of individuals through technology.

As mobile devices become the primary means of engaging consumers, workers and citizens, they can become a transformational platform to broaden accessibility, said IBM.