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Wayne Balta is the vice president of corporate environmental affairs and product safety at IBM, which spends $30 billion annually with 28,000 suppliers. In this role, Balta has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, chemical management and toxicology, as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions. He joined IBM in 1984 as project manager for design and construction in the real estate and construction division. In 1989, he was appointed executive assistant to the corporate vice president in charge of real estate. In 1990, he became responsible for IBM’s corporate environmental plans and strategy. Two years later, in 1992, he became director of Corporate Environmental Affairs. Balta became VP of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety in 2001. [+]