Who's the IT Industry's Best Recession Buster?
About half of the 4,000 survey participants placed Palmisano at the head of the list, more than twice as many as named Jobs. EMC's Joe Tucci finished third in the running followed by HP's Mark Hurd.
Dell chief Michael Dell finished last among the 10 executives named, behind Yahoo!'s Carol Bartz and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer.
TheStreet.com pointed out that Palmisano has pushed aside criticism of his cost-cutting layoffs and redirecting of some business overseas, and navigated IBM through the economy's choppy waters by honing in on software and services to boost margins despite diminished revenue.