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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – IBM’s 10,000 employees in the Triangle area won’t be getting a new boss any time soon.

Sam Palmisano told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to retire even though he reaches the somewhat traditional Big Blue exit age for its top leader at 60 next year.

“I am not going anywhere,” Palmisano declared.

The insider trading scandal that led to the this week has set off a within IBM ( NYSE: IBM). Palmisano may have quashed talk he has plans to leave, at least for the short term.

The Journal headlined Palmisano’s criticism of rival HP in his interview, but IBMers most likely focused most on his retirement comments.

Palmisano also said he believes that the PC era, as he described it, ended several years ago. That’s why IBM sold its PC business, which was largely based in the Triangle, to Lenovo in 2005 for $1.75 billion.

Lenovo bases its global headquarters in Morrisville and employs some 1,500 people in the area.

“We wanted to get out before it was obvious to everyone,” Palmisano said of the PC sale.

“I couldn’t give it away today,” he added.

In other comments, Palmisano said he was more concerned about Oracle as a rival than H-P, which is looking to replace CEO Mark Hurd. Hurd now works for Larry Ellison, the top exec at Oracle.

Palmisano criticized HP for its recent buy of 3Par.

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