IBM announces plan to hire 25K ahead of Trump meeting
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The CEO of IBM announced on the eve of a meeting with President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE that the company plans to hire 25,000 “new collar” employees.

In a USA Today op-ed, CEO Ginni Rometty announced that the new jobs will come over the span of four years, including 6,000 in 2017.

“We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving – and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill,” wrote Rometty. “As industries from manufacturing to agriculture are reshaped by data science and cloud computing, jobs are being created that demand new skills – which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting.”

Rometty is one of a handful of tech executives who will be meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower on Wednesday.

She wrote that the company is also planning to spend $1 billion on training and developing IBM employees in the U.S.

According to the Wall Street Journal, IBM laid off as many as 14,000 workers in May, coming a month after the company announced that it would be implementing mass job cuts.

The IBM CEO is a member of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a roundtable of business leaders that offer counsel to the president-elect.

Rometty, the sole Silicon Valley leader on the advisory council, may be trying to show Trump that IBM is working to keep jobs inside the country. Since being elected last month, Trump has trained his fire on a number of individual companies, causing their stock prices to plummet.