Executives come and go at any large organization, but when the company in question is IBM — and when it loses three high-ranking executives in a single month — it’s only natural to wonder what’s going on.

That, in fact, is just what apparently happened at IBM in December, when it reportedly lost Steve Mills, the 43-year company veteran who was most recently executive vice president of IBM Software and Systems, along with Danny Sabbah, its chief technology officer for cloud, and Brendan Hannigan, general manager of IBM Security.

For the past year, Mills had reported to none other than CEO Ginni Rometty herself.

Were the moves simply a natural progression or a sign of something bigger in the works?

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