The Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS of 2022

The Software Report is pleased to announce The Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS of 2022. The software-as-a-service market continues to expand, with some expecting the global SaaS market to grow at a CAGR of 25.9% from $143.8 billion last year to a staggering $720.4 billion in 2028. And more companies seeking to digitize more parts of their operations has led to stiffer competition between SaaS providers. The accomplished women on this year’s list have been instrumental in leading their companies to innovation and success in everything from document generation to enterprise resource planning, education administration, cybersecurity, and other software categories.

Some of the distinguished honorees on this year’s list include President and CEO of Ellucian Laura Ipsen, who leads her organization’s strategy to innovate across the higher education technology sector through an industry-leading cloud transformation journey, which resulted in Ellucian’s sale in 2021 to Blackstone and Vista Equity Partners. Meanwhile, CTO of LeaseWeb Svenja de Vos spearheads her company’s technical vision by strengthening its cloud hosting and cybersecurity services, while also being responsible for the product management, product engineering, and system administration departments. And Nielsen’s SVP of Global Client Services Jennifer Dixon led the 2021 separation of Nielsen and NielsenIQ into two global companies and now leads the appdev teams of the Global Client Software organization.

The women on this year’s list lead from a variety of positions across the C-suite and beyond, from CEO to CISO and CHRO, to SVP and Director of Software Engineering. What they have in common is a demonstrated track record of success tackling the greatest challenges the industry has to offer. Please join us in celebrating The Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS of 2022.


1. Laura Ipsen
Company: Ellucian
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer

Laura Ipsen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ellucian. Ellucian is the leading higher education technology solutions provider, serving more than 26 million students at 2,700+ institutions in over 50 countries. Since joining Ellucian in 2017, Ipsen has led the organization’s strategy to innovate across the higher education technology sector through an industry-leading cloud transformation journey to increase security, stability, and productivity for higher education institutions. In 2021, Ipsen’s leadership led Ellucian to a successful sale to Blackstone and Vista Equity Partners. Their investment strategy represents a long-horizon commitment to Ellucian with significant new capital to accelerate digital transformation, the company’s open SaaS platform, and international growth. To date, Ellucian provides more than 1,200 customers with applications in the cloud. In 2022, Ipsen led Ellucian’s acquisition of CampusLogic, a leading EdTech provider of student financial success solutions.

With more than 25 years of experience as a technology executive in Silicon Valley, Ipsen has deep experience driving transformation and adoption of comprehensive solutions in high-growth industries at Oracle Corporation, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems. Earlier in her career, Ipsen also held leadership roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Acer America, and Hitachi Data Systems.


2. Marne Martin
Company: IFS
Title: President, Service Management, EAM & Global Industry

Marne Martin is President of Service Management, EAM & Global Industries at IFS. In her role, Martin’s focus is to continue to elevate the importance of service management and EAM as part of the overall IFS success story and create greater value for the IFS business and its customers. Martin works to empower and enable IFS’ customers to transform and grow their businesses through digitalization and optimization, and by delivering the best solutions in the industry. The marriage of Service Management and EAM enables companies to perform at the highest level to deliver when it matters most, at the moment of service.

Prior to her current position, Martin held the role of President of the IFS Service Management Business Unit. Well-respected in the field as a strategic businesswoman unafraid of embracing a challenge, she served as CEO at ServicePower Plc and WorkWave LLC, both in the FSM software space, and has driven previous IFS acquisitions including WorkWave, Clevest, Astea, and more recently Ultimo. Martin also works to support girls and women pursuing STEM careers and has won a number of awards, including 2016 CEO Gamechanger of the Year (FSM) from ACQ 5 Global Awards and 2015 Field Service CEO of the Year from Executive Awards. She also features in the Software Report's 2019 list of Top 50 SaaS CEOs.


3. Julie Davila
Company: Sophos
Title: Chief Technology Officer, Federal

Julie Davila is the Chief Technology Officer, Federal of Sophos, a worldwide leader and innovator in advanced cybersecurity solutions. In her role, Davila serves as Sophos’ point of contact for executive-level discussions within the federal space, while also guiding the company's overall strategies for best serving its federal mission sets. As one of the largest pure-play cybersecurity providers, Sophos defends more than 500,000 organizations and more than 100 million users.

An Army vet, Davila is highly regarded for her capabilities as a software engineer and architect. After leaving the military, her first high-profile job was as a contractor for NASA’s headquarters, where she helped lead the first federal migration into public cloud (AWS). Afterwards, she worked as a solutions architect at Ansible, Inc., and then as a consulting manager for Red Hat. Prior to Sophos, Davila served as CEO of ZibaSec. When she's away from the office, Davila is dedicated to helping other women and veterans.


4. Bernadette Nixon
Company: Algolia
Title: Chief Executive Officer

Bernadette Nixon is an entrepreneurial & driven CEO with a strong track record of growing and scaling global businesses, and is focused on doing that at Algolia. In July 2021, she led the company’s $150 million Series D Funding leading to a valuation of $2.25 Billion, which near quadrupled the company’s valuation since its Series C Funding. In September 2022, she led the company’s acquisition of Prior to Algolia, she served as CEO at Alfresco where she led the open source content services provider in redefining its go-to-market strategy, launching strategic new products and building a world-class team to scale the company’s growth. Bernadette has also held leadership positions at SDL PLC., OpenText, Metastorm, CA Technologies and the United Nations in Geneva. Bernadette received her BA in Business Studies and Marketing from the University of Hertfordshire.


5. Katherine Kostereva
Company: Creatio
Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Katherine Kostereva is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Creatio – a global vendor of one platform to automate workflows and CRM with no-code and a maximum degree of freedom. For the past 20 years, Kostereva has been helping organizations accelerate their customer-facing and operational processes through automation. Thanks to her determination, excellent leadership skills, and entrepreneurial spirit, she grew Creatio into a global company with more than 700 employees in five offices around the world and a local presence in 14 countries. Creatio is recognized by top analyst firms, including Gartner and Forrester. It’s been included in five Gartner Magic Quadrants and seven Forrester Waves, named a Leader in two Gartner Magic Quadrants — for Sales Force Automation and CRM Lead Management — in 2019, 2020, and 2021. It also has some of the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry.

When entrepreneurs talk about going above and beyond for their ventures, they don’t often consider literally going above 13,000 feet in the sky. But this is what Kostereva did. Back in October 2019, when it came time to rename her company from bpm’online to Creatio, her leadership transcended what you would expect from a typical CEO; she jumped out of a plane in solidarity with 160+ of her team members, launching the new name in the sky.

In February 2021, Kostereva and Creatio closed a $68 million minority investment led by Boston-based growth equity firm Volition Capital. The funds are being used to invest in R&D, marketing, sales, and to support Creatio's network of partners in 110+ countries worldwide. Kostereva has been named Top 25 SaaS Influencers: Ones to Watch in 2021, Top 50 SaaS CEOs and Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS in 2018-2021, the Winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in 2020, the Executive Leader of the Year in the 7th Annual 2020 Customer Sales and Service World Awards, and more.


6. Jamie Kiser (tie)
Company: Talend
Title: Chief Operating Officer

Jamie Kiser is the Chief Operating Officer at Talend, a cloud data integration and integrity company she has been with for nearly three years. In her role, Kiser leads all of the company's operating functions. Before serving as COO, Kiser also served as Talend's Chief Customer Officer, overseeing the company's wide range of customer-facing functions.

Prior to joining Talend, Kiser served for over six years with SAP in various product, services, and operations leadership roles. Her most recent role at SAP was Vice President, Global Public Sector for SAP Concur, where she led the formation of a global center of excellence focused on growing the public sector footprint. Before that, Kiser managed teams for both Dell and Northrop Grumman. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing from West Virginia University.


6. Aurora Suh (tie)
Company: Omie
Title: Chief Revenue Officer

Aurora Suh is Chief Revenue Officer of Omie, the São Paulo-based enterprise software company. Omie develops native cloud ERP and CRM for small- and medium-sized companies. As CRO, she has taken charge of building Omie's brand, transforming it into one of the top emerging tech companies in Brazil. Suh joined the company in June 2020 and also sits on the board of directors.

With over 20 years of experience in IT and telecom businesses, Suh has worked at numerous renowned companies in the retail and technology sectors. This includes stints at Telefonica, Net, TOTVS, Aurora, and Linx. In addition to her work at Omie, Suh is also a co-founder and VP of Information Technology at AkiPosso+, a nonprofit Institute that leverages technology to transform the lives of people living in low-income and underprivileged communities. She holds a bachelor's in business administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil.


7. Mona Bates
Company: Collins Aerospace
Title: Chief Information Officer

Mona Bates is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Collins Aerospace. In this role, Bates leverages her experience in digital technology to drive success for customers, improve processes for the business, and enhance digital experiences for employees. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and execution of all facets of information technology and cybersecurity. She also leads digital transformation across Collins’ strategic business units and functional support organizations. Bates has more than 20 years of IT and leadership experience in aerospace, defense, and the commercial sectors. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Digital Technology and CIO for Raytheon Missiles & Defense. She also served as CIO for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems prior to the Raytheon merger with United Technologies Corporation in 2020.

Before joining Raytheon, Bates held senior leadership positions at Boecore Inc. supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). In this role, she successfully consolidated multiple contracts and organizations to form the Enterprise IT organization for MDA. Additionally, she held several positions of increasing responsibility at Verizon, where she led network engineering and service teams across the western United States.

Bates is an active supporter of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and STEM initiatives at Raytheon Technologies. She is a winner of the Boston CIO of the Year ORBIE award 2020 and serves on the advisory committee for InspireCIO. She is fluent in Arabic, holds an MBA from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs with an emphasis in technology management, and holds a Bachelor of Science in computer networking from Regis University.


8. Svenja de Vos (tie)
Company: Leaseweb
Title: Chief Technology Officer

Svenja de Vos is the Chief Technology Officer of Leaseweb, one of the world's largest Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting brands with more than 80,000 servers under management. De Vos joined the company in 2016 and since then has spearheaded LeaseWeb's technical vision by strengthening its cloud hosting and cybersecurity services. The CTO title also makes de Vos responsible for the product management, product engineering, and system administration departments.

While de Vos has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and hosting industry, her interest in technology can be traced back to her early childhood. At 8, her family acquired its first personal computer, and right away de Vos started learning to code BASIC. Throughout the years, she held various international positions at major European telecommunications operator, Tele2. In 2016, Inspiring Fifty included the seasoned executive in their list of the 50 most inspiring business women in the Netherlands. More recently, Management Team included her in the "Goudhaantjes-100" list, which showcases the best Dutch management talents.


8. Nicole O'Rourke (tie)
Company: Aptean
Title: Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer

Nicole O’Rourke is Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer at Aptean, an award-winning provider of industry-specific enterprise software to manufacturers and distributors. O’Rourke joined Aptean in 2019 and leads the company’s corporate and product marketing, strategy, and revenue operations activities. Drawing from her considerable experience in driving global commercial strategy, branding, pipeline expansion, and operational excellence, O’Rourke is laser-focused on the attainment of Aptean's strategic growth goals. During her tenure, she has built the programs and the teams essential to fuel substantial gains in revenue and to support massive global expansion.

Equally a master of analytics and storytelling, O’Rourke is a visionary marketer and strategist. Her colleagues have deep appreciation for her innovative approach to solving challenges, ability to develop talent, and skill in fostering collaboration across global teams. Prior to Aptean, O’Rourke served as CMO of Manhattan Associates and of Covance, a global pharmaceutical development firm. She has held marketing leadership positions at Aetna and McNeil Consumer Products, a Johnson & Johnson company. O'Rourke holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Cornell University.


9. Jennifer Dixon
Company: Nielsen
Title: Senior Vice President of Global Client Services

Jennifer Dixon is the Senior Vice President of Global Client Services at Nielsen, a global leader in audience measurement, data, and analytics. Since joining the company in 2017, Dixon has led the infrastructure organization, including the 2021 separation of Nielsen and NielsenIQ into two global companies. She has played a critical role in leading priority engineering and tech ops solutions, including server infrastructure modernization, open source solutions, and identifying synergies across the company’s domestic and international audience measurement platforms to drive it toward its NielsenOne vision.

In 2022, Dixon received the Arthur C. Nielsen Award, the most prestigious recognition an employee can receive. This was awarded for her exceptional outcomes and leadership as part of the team that ensured business continuity throughout the company's separation from NielsenIQ. Dixon joined Nielsen from Verizon after a decade of rapid progression through the technology organization. She couples her technical aptitude with strategic and problem-solving expertise, along with exceptional leadership within her teams and across the organization. Dixon earned a master’s degree in computer and information systems from Boston University.


10. Angelique Sottek
Company: Scopevisio AG
Title: Head of Digital Learning & Development

Angelique Sottek is Head of Digital Learning & Development of Scopevisio AG. Scopevisio is one of the most successful cloud ERP providers in Germany and has been developing cloud-based enterprise software for medium-sized businesses since 2007. The company provides complex software solutions that require expertise in the fields of development, sales, support, and consulting. In order to design and coordinate internal training and development across the company, the Scope Academy was initiated in spring 2022 by Sottek. It is intended to provide employees with the best possible support and guidance in their skills development.

Sottek started her customer service journey with Scopevisio in November 2014. In 2016, she moved to the company’s customer service department as a project manager, where she assumed team leadership responsibilities in 2019. Sottek founded the Scope Academy in May 2022 with the goal of establishing a knowledge culture. The goal of Scope Academy is to achieve company-set learning and knowledge goals by combining internal and external expertise, building internal competencies, and defining a Scopevisio learning culture through collaborative learning. This year, Scopevisio was awarded the "Cloud Computing Insider Award" in Gold in the category "Enterprise SaaS." Furthermore, Scopevisio has been nominated for Innovator of the Year 2022. Sottek graduated as a project management economist from the VWA Duisburg.


11. Stephanie Muir
Company: Midmark
Title: Chief Technology Officer

Midmark hired Stephanie Muir in 2019 to spearhead the company's entire information technology department. As Chief Technology Officer, Muir oversees Engineering, R&D, Design, and the RTLS (Real Time Locating Systems) platform to improve the experiences of the millions of people who depend on the company each day. Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, Midmark is a leading provider of medical, dental, and veterinary equipment solutions.

Muir has a deep passion for improving healthcare. She joined Midmark after more than two decades at Johnson & Johnson, where her most recent role was Vice President of Digital Surgery. In addition to her executive duties there, Muir also led a cross-J&J volunteer effort to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing, and design functions. Today, she continues to be active in the community by serving as a mentor to other women. Some of the organizations she is a part of include the Chief network, Professional Women in Healthcare, and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Muir earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


12. Juliette Kopecky
Company: LinkSquares
Title: Chief Marketing Officer

Juliette Kopecky is the Chief Marketing Officer at LinkSquares, where she sets the company’s strategy for driving awareness and demand. LinkSquares is the company behind the AI-powered contract management platform of choice for legal teams aiming to move their business forward faster. Customers have everything they need to write better contracts, get contracts executed quickly, analyze what's in existing contracts, and collaborate better with their team at every step of the way. LinkSquares differs from other tools on the market with its powerful AI insights, speed to tangible results through flexible automation, and ability to centralize everything for better visibility and collaboration. LinkSquares saves companies hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars by eliminating manual contract processes and reducing the need for outside counsel.

Kopecky is a data-driven leader with an extensive track record of running marketing programs at high-growth technology companies, including HubSpot, Datto, and Talla. With a strong focus on understanding buyer needs, she designs campaigns focused on driving revenue and results. Kopecky holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in business management from Boston University.


13. Robin Wadsworth
Company: Thought Industries
Title: President

Robin Wadsworth brings more than 25 years of high growth B2B technology, go-to-market, and leadership experience to her role as President of Thought Industries. Thought Industries, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is the world’s leading B2B customer education and external training platform provider. The company powers the business of learning for companies ranging from mid-market enterprises to Fortune 500 corporations, helping transform how they build, deploy, and scale profitable, global online learning operations.

Wadsworth focuses on the entire customer lifecycle and aligning the go-to-market functions with the business plan. Prior to joining Thought Industries, she held senior-level sales positions at PROS, where she was instrumental in building a global cross-functional collaboration methodology, and BlackLine, Inc. where she increased the enterprise value in excess of 10 times to more than $2.5 billion during her tenure.


14. Sara DiNardo
Company: Phreesia
Title: Vice President of Client Solutions

Sara DiNardo is the Vice President of Client Solutions for Phreesia, a publicly traded SaaS company that creates customized patient intake solutions for healthcare organizations. In her current role, DiNardo oversees the Client Services and Client Success teams responsible for all of Phreesia’s provider groups, focusing on implementation and account management for clients. She works with her teams to ensure all clients understand how Phreesia’s product suite can best meet their unique challenges and enhance the patient experience.

During her tenure at Phreesia, DiNardo has spent six years in the Customer Solutions department, including as the lead of both the Client Services and Client Success teams for health system clients. Prior to joining Phreesia, she led the patient applications UX team at Cerner Corporation, and worked on a team responsible for physician workflow optimization and ongoing upgrades for existing clients. She received an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Missouri.


15. Hila Mazinter
Company: JFrog
Title: Vice President of Research & Development

As someone who has successfully built numerous best-in-class R&D teams, Hila Mazinter is a person worth listening to. Since August 2015, she has served as Vice President of Research & Development for JFrog, the Sunnyvale, California-based software company focused on DevOps. Today, millions of users around the world – including a majority of the Fortune 100 – depend on JFrog's platform, which offers an end-to-end pipeline to control the flow of binaries: from build to production.

Born and raised in Israel, Mazinter has over 20 years of experience in establishing, developing, and delivering enterprise software. Prior to JFrog, she held several executive positions in global hi-tech companies like SuperDerivatives, SAP AG, and CheckPoint. She got her start serving in the Israeli Army, as a single woman in an environment of men. Thus, when Mazinter turned her attention to the tech industry, she was more than ready for any challenges. Throughout her career, she has climbed the ladder of all the technical positions, ranging from a developer to team leader, team manager, and executive positions. Mazinter holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.


16. Victoria Silbey
Company: Frontline Education
Title: Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

For more than 25 years, Victoria Silbey has been a trusted advisor and legal expert to both publicly traded and private equity owned companies. Currently serving as the Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, and member of the Senior Executive Leadership team for Frontline Education – a leading provider of administration software purpose-built for educators in grades K-12 – Silbey brings valuable insights and deep knowledge of compliance, ESG, data privacy, and cybersecurity matters. She is the executive legal sponsor for all commercial practices and technology as well as compliance and employment matters. She is also the interim leader for the operations discipline within the Client Success department. In addition to spearheading Frontline’s legal function, Silbey has been the executive sponsor for two of the company’s highly strategic acquisitions and provided oversight for all integration processes.

With extensive expertise in M&A and restructuring, Silbey played a critical role in the sale of Frontline Education to Roper Technologies, Inc. for over $3.7 billion earlier this year. Prior to joining Frontline Education in 2020, Silbey focused on providing legal and corporate governance counsel to EdTech and FinTech companies, including serving as the Chief Legal Officer at SunGuard Data Systems Inc. (now part of FIS Global) for nearly 20 years, and was instrumental in its $9.1 billion sale to FIS Global.


17. Rose Bentley
Company: Qumu Corporation
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Rose Bentley is responsible for overseeing global operations and implementing the strategic growth plan for Qumu Corporation. Qumu is the leading provider of a best-in-class platform to create, manage, secure, distribute, and measure the success of live and on demand video for the intelligent enterprise. Backed by the most trusted and experienced team in the industry, the Qumu platform enables global organizations to drive employee engagement, increase access to video, and modernize the workplace by providing a more efficient and effective way to share knowledge.

Prior to assuming her current roles, Bentley served as Chief Operating Officer for Qumu. Her experience and leadership most recently at Teradata and Cisco have been focused on developing and partnering to deliver technology-driven business solutions and services, optimizing go-to-market performance, providing a seamless customer experience, and driving profitable revenue growth. Bentley also currently serves as a board member for Fast Company. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.


18. Farzana Ashraf
Company: Pearson VUE
Title: Chief Product and Technology Officer

Farzana Ashraf is the Chief Product and Technology Officer at Pearson VUE, a Bloomington, Minnesota-based pioneer in the computer-based testing industry, delivering more than 16 million certification and licensure exams each year. She leads global product and technology strategy, managing high-performing, specialist teams around the world. Bringing deep technical and business insight, Ashraf is responsible for developing innovative products and services and driving transformational change.

Ashraf is a proven leader in the high tech world and boasts an outstanding track record in leading product teams. Prior to her 16+ year tenure at Pearson VUE, she worked as a manager for both Anderson Performance Improvement and U-Tech Professional. Earlier in her career, she also worked at Deloitte as a Management Solutions Consultant. Ashraf received her MBA from the University of St. Thomas.


19. Lauren Langston
Company: Kantata
Title: Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Langston is the Chief Operating Officer of Kantata, a high-growth software company focused on the professional services industry. Langston has deep experience leading, scaling, and advising global software companies. In her current role, she oversees strategy, analytics, operations, and execution globally.

Prior to Kantata, Langston was the Chief Operating Officer of Mavenlink, where she oversaw the global business operations function. She also served as interim Chief Financial Officer and oversaw the fundraising of significant equity and debt capital for the company. Prior to Mavenlink, Langston was a venture and growth equity investor at Goldman Sachs, where she was responsible for sourcing, diligencing, and executing software investments. During her tenure as an investor, she evaluated several hundred software companies for growth investments and developed a passion for partnering with founders and operators to help them scale their companies. Langston also previously served as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where she advised technology companies on IPOs, private placements, and strategic M&A transactions. She holds a degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.


20. Tracy Schreiber
Company: Kainos
Title: Vice President, Professional Services & Customer Success

Tracy Schreiber is the Vice President of Professional Services & Customer Success at Kainos, a software company headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In this role, she is responsible for helping customers take full advantage of Financial Planning, Best Practices, and Workday Adaptive Planning technology, so that they can achieve their business goals. This is a continuation of Schreiber's role at IntuitiveTEK, which was acquired by Kainos in 2020.

Schreiber, who holds an MBA from California State University, Northridge and a bachelor's in English from Pomona College, began her professional career over twenty years ago. Her deep knowledge and understanding of marketing, sales, and customer success enables her to provide unique insight and perspective to support Kainos' mission of making people's lives better through technology. Prior to Kainos, Schreiber served at VitalSources and Dude Solutions, among others.


21. Ingrid Svensson
Company: MatrixCare
Title: Chief Product Officer

Since joining MatrixCare in 2021 as its Chief Product Officer, Ingrid Svensson has overseen the company's fast-growing offerings. MatrixCare, which is used in more than 6,400 settings, develops electronic health record software for post-acute care providers. In addition, it provides enterprise analytics, clinical decision support, and a care coordination platform.

Svensson, an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in product management and strategy driving, is committed to MatrixCare's mission of leveraging technology to improve the lives of America's seniors and those who care for them. During her career, she's focused primarily on healthcare, working with both fledgling startups and established global corporations such as Wolters Kluwer, Infor, and Optum. On top of that, she's led product management teams in both the U.K. and the U.S. In 1994, Svensson received an MBA from Marquette University. She also holds undergraduate degrees in business administration and labor relations from the University of Wisconsin.


22. Marina Gabets
Company: Veeva Systems
Title: Vice President of Quality

Marina Gabets is the Vice President of Quality for Veeva Systems, a cloud-computing company that serves more than 1,000 customers, ranging from the world's largest pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechs. In February 2021, Veeva became a public benefit corporation, making it the first publicly-traded company to convert to a public benefit corporation.

An expert in software Quality Assurance (QA) automation, Gabets joined Veeva more than 10 years ago. She began as a QA senior manager, responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure adherence to production quality standards. Overall, she has more than 14 years of hands-on experience managing QA teams and releasing large-scale data volume systems for HR. Prior to Veeva, Gabets worked in QA for HumanConcepts, Audatex, ADP, and RespondTV. She holds a master's degree in civil engineering and architecture.


23. Donna de Winter
Company: Q4 Inc.
Title: Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Donna de Winter is an industry veteran with a proven track record of success in strategy, finance, and operations at leading technology companies across North America. She joined Q4 Inc. – a leading capital markets communications platform that is transforming the way publicly traded companies, investors, and investment banks make decisions to efficiently discover, communicate, and engage with each other – as Chief Operating Officer to help scale the customer-centric service model globally. She was additionally named Chief Financial Officer in August 2022.

Prior to joining Q4’s executive team, de Winter worked with Q4 as a consultant. She has worked in a number of leadership roles across the technology sector, including as CFO of Vision Critical, CFO of Rubikloud Technologies, and CFO of Varicent, where she led the company’s sale to IBM. De Winter received her MBA from the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management.


24. Mafalda Vaz Bleck da Silva
Company: Bizzdesign
Title: Chief Operating Officer

Mafalda Vaz is Chief Operating Officer of BizzDesign, a SaaS enterprise architecture all-in-one platform that helps firms plan, model, design, analyze, and implement effective business and IT architecture. In 2016, her responsibilities expanded to include the role of the former CFO and all Operations areas. Vaz heads Global Finance, FP&A, HR, Legal, and Office Management. She has a more than 20-year track record in Audit and Finance Reporting and Controlling. Prior to Bizzdesign, Vaz worked at KPMG and Informa D&B.

Her mission is to “Unleash our employees’ and company's full potential through maximum engagement, strong financial stewardship, optimally efficient processes, and accurate, timely and valuable support.” Vaz has established an impressive 17 years of deep experience in accounting, M&A, and analytical perspective across various companies before Bizzdesign, including her work as an auditor manager in banking and insurance, several acquisitions projects, as well as working directly in Informa D&B’s finance department improving reporting and sales analysis. At Bizzdesign, she has managed the company’s financial stability and prepared it for the latest investor process. During this period, turnover has tripled, and the company size has doubled in FTE and is now much more dispersed through its seven international subsidiaries. Vaz is a Portuguese national and holds a master’s in finance management from the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao in Business.


25. Ellen Benaim
Company: Templafy
Title: Chief Information Security Officer

Ellen Benaim is the Chief Information Security Officer for Templafy, the next gen document generation platform that automates all business document creation across organizations to activate and protect brands. Templafy’s content enablement platform aligns workforces and enables employees to effortlessly create on-brand, high-performing business content faster, allowing enterprises worldwide to strengthen their brands and ensure compliance.

Benaim is Templafy’s first female CISO. She began her career at the company in June 2018 in technical support, before quickly moving up to Information Security Officer and then CISO less than two years later. From the outset, she worked to develop Templafy’s security-first approach. She's a member of the Templafy Security Guild team and is responsible for the design, implementation, and monitoring of the information security program and the overall security strategy. Benaim earned a Bachelor of Science in business information systems from University College Cork in Ireland.


26. Stephanie Ragozzino
Company: OneCause
Title: Chief Product Officer

Boasting more than 20 years of industry experience, Stephanie Ragozzino serves as Chief Product Officer of OneCause, a software company specializing in working with non-profit organizations. Founded in 2007, OneCause is committed to helping cause-driven organizations amplify their message and raise more funds with easy-to-use fundraising solutions. Its software portfolio facilitates online giving, event management, mobile bidding, and peer-to-peer fundraising for nonprofit organizations of all sizes.

In her role as CPO, Ragozzino is best known for her creative approach to problem-solving and translating long-term company goals into specific product development milestones. Prior to joining the company in 2020, she was the Executive Vice President of Product for Indianapolis-based PERQ and has held product leadership roles at Teradata and Aprimo. Ragozzino earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and mathematics from Purdue University.


27. Anjanette Hill Mendoza
Company: SheerID
Title: Chief Customer Officer

As SheerID's Chief Customer Officer, Anjanette Hill Mendoza is responsible for leading the company’s account management, customer success, best practices, and implementation teams to ensure SheerID customers realize the full benefits of the SheerID platform across industries and use cases. Hill Mendoza brings more than 25 years of customer lifecycle and success experience from working with several startups and enterprise companies.

Prior to her current role at SheerID, Hill Mendoza held the position of Head of Customer Experience for DroneDeploy, where she was responsible for ensuring that the customer experience from pre-sales through to renewal was successful for the company’s 5,000 customers. Prior to that, Hill Mendoza was the Vice President of Customer Success at Glassdoor, where she transformed its international and domestic post-sales experience to scale in the enterprise space.


28. Heather Tenuto
Company: Zift Solutions
Title: Chief Revenue Officer

Throughout her career, Heather Tenuto has helped tech companies accelerate revenue through both direct sales and channel partnerships. Her two passions come together in her role as Chief Revenue Officer at Zift Solutions, where her mission is to help companies achieve real channel success. Zift is the only Partner Relationship Management (PRM) and Through-Channel Marketing Automation (TCMA) tool built as one to work as one. The company’s ZiftONE platform manages the flow from onboarding to enablement, lead generation to marketing, all the way through sales.

Previously, Tenuto served as Vice President of SMB Sales and Indirect Channels at Office Depot, and Vice President of Channels at ShoreTel. Prior to ShoreTel’s acquisition of M5 Networks in 2012, she spent five years at the SaaS start-up in several roles leading sales and marketing efforts. Tenuto has brought her innovative sales and education experience to businesses in industries including technology, manufacturing, retail, agriculture, and healthcare – in both enablement and direct sales roles. She has a Masters of Arts from City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.


29. Inna Gordin
Company: Appfire
Title: Vice President of Content Strategy

Inna Gordin is the Vice President of Content Strategy at Appfire, a global software company with dozens of top-selling apps that help teams with workflow automation, product portfolio management, IT service management, and publishing, among others. Gordin's path to her Appfire began when she was hired by Innovalog to serve as VP of Marketing in January 2019. The next year, the company was acquired by Appfire and Gordin transitioned to her current role, where she is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s overall content roadmap.

A serial entrepreneur, Gordin founded AdMatchmaker, a collection of highly targeted, exclusive advertising networks. She also launched, the world’s largest independent SharePoint product directory. Overall, she has more than two decades of experience leading global marketing for venture-backed, entrepreneurial technology firms. Gordin holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Riga Technical University in Latvia.


30. Roya Ansari
Company: Z2Data
Title: Chief Revenue Officer

Roya Ansari boasts nearly 40 years of experience as a leader in sales and technology and has co-founded two companies. Currently, Ansari serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for Z2Data, a professional technology and consulting firm based in Santa Clara, California. Z2Data provides an intelligent data platform that analyzes millions of data points on electronic components, suppliers, and manufacturing sites, as well as hundreds of market segments, countries, live events, and news.

Ansari is also the co-founder and Vice President of Business Development of Trendage, a fashion and technology startup, and the co-founder and former Director of Sales & Business Development of SiliconExpert Technology, a supply chain software company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from Macalester College and an international baccalaureate from Aiglon College in Switzerland.


31. Meera Ramachandran
Company: Apollo GraphQL
Title: Vice President of Global Solution Engineering

Meera Ramachandran is the Vice President of Global Solution Engineering at Apollo GraphQL. She has built and scaled high performing technical field organizations at high growth tech companies pre- and post-IPO. Apollo (backed by top-tier VCs including Andreessen Horowitz, Insight Ventures, Matrix Partners, and Trinity Ventures) is the market leader in the GraphQL space with more than 17 million monthly downloads and more than 6 billion queries running on Apollo GraphOS everyday. As a key member of the senior leadership team, Ramachandran is enabling the fast paced growth of Apollo GraphQL by delivering on the mission of making application development easier, better, and more accessible for its customers.

Prior to Apollo, Ramachandran was the Head of Americas Solution Engineering for MuleSoft HLS Business Unit (a Salesforce company). As one of the earliest employees at MuleSoft, she was instrumental in shaping the firm's field organization and growing the firm's revenues, leading to the successful IPO of the company and its eventual acquisition by Salesforce. She is well known in the industry not just for her business and technical acumen, but also for her ability to foster a culture of excellence and her ability to coach an organization to execute to its full potential. In every leadership role she has taken on, she has been an innovator, constantly challenging the status quo with fresh ideas and a bias for action. Ramachandran holds a master’s from Carnegie Mellon University.


32. Hilary Newman
Company: Innovative Interfaces
Title: Senior Vice President, Global Technical Support

In her more than two decades with the company in a wide variety of leadership positions, Innovative Interfaces’ Senior Vice President of Global Technical Support Hilary Newman has overseen some of the most critical developments for the Clarivate software development subsidiary.

In her nine years as head of the company’s customer support and success team, Newman delivered a 40% improvement in customer satisfaction while reducing case backlog and overseeing more than 50,000 cases every year. She also headed the company’s software engineering and professional services teams to great acclaim. Newman holds a master’s in information science from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Utah.


33. Courteney McDonnell
Company: Measurabl
Title: Chief Revenue Officer

Appointed Chief Revenue Officer of real estate ESG data management developer Measurabl three years ago, Courteney McDonnell is an industry leader in scaling global SaaS teams through periods of sustained growth. Under her leadership, Measurabl has seen the recent launch of multiple asset-level products and unparalleled advisory services, and for its achievements the company was named to the Global ESG Fintech 100 list this year.

Before beginning her time as Measurabl’s Head of Customer Success in 2018, McDonnell worked in similar roles for Placester and Brainshark, quickly ascending the ranks to leadership positions in the field of customer success. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration and management from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.


34. Aparna Gude
Company: Xeeva, Inc.
Title: Chief Product & Innovation Officer

Aparna Gude leads Xeeva’s product vision and portfolio strategy as Chief Product & Innovation Officer. She is a seasoned product management executive known for successfully launching innovative solutions from vision to revenue. Her goal is to accelerate digital transformation using data, analytics, artificial intelligence, and innovative technologies to deliver business solutions at speed and scale. A champion for customers, Gude directs her team to stay focused on solutions that enhance customer's competitiveness, profitability, and sustainable value.

Gude has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive leading globally distributed teams and has expertise in building scalable cloud-based multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Gude was the keynote speaker at the 2022 ISM New Jersey Women in Leadership Conference and was recognized in the 2021 Women In Supply Chain by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as well as in 2021 CIO Applications on Innovation. She is a keynote speaker on topics related to women in leadership, technology, AI/ML, digital transformation, and innovation. Prior to procurement, Gude worked in integrated payments, communications, and the public and private sectors, most recently as Director of Integrated Payments at Paya.


35. Gail Boddy
Company: Yellowbrick Data
Title: Chief Human Resources Officer

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Gail Boddy has led Yellowbrick Data’s global workforce through steady growth during challenging times, the subsequent pandemic, and the current economic environment. She has inspired the company’s current workforce to return to the offices on a hybrid basis, and this move is showing benefits from the in-person collaboration and fun that she facilitates. Boddy and the company founders have amazing track records attached to market-disruptive brands you know by name, and they came together in 2014 with a simple mission: to bring together data distributed across the enterprise – cloud, on-premises, and edge. When interacting with Yellowbrick and the culture that Boddy has helped cultivate, customers soon discover a tangible passion that borders on obsession with the art of data warehousing. Born from the ideologies of its founders and revered by every employee, this obsession drives the team as one, to perpetually architect the most flexible, future-proof platform that meets any deployment challenges across private, public, and hybrid/distributed clouds.

Prior to Yellowbrick, Boddy spent over 15 years leading the People function at several cybersecurity growth companies with successful exits. She led HR at Dtex Systems, Coraid, AlienVault, and most notably ArcSight from early product sales to a publicly traded company, and then to the $1.7 billion acquisition of ArcSight by HP. Several of the companies Boddy has been with have been designated as Best Places to Work by the employees. She is a member of Glynn 100, a curated network of industry leaders at Glynn Capital. Always a mom first, she enjoyed being a member with her kids of National Charity League and Boys Team Charity, supporting many philanthropic organizations. Boddy received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Chico.


36. Mohana Radhakrishnan
Company: ExpertusONE
Title: Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

One of the unquestionable visionaries of digital learning and employee development, Mohana Radhakrishnan has headed Santa Clara fintech ExpertusONE as its Chief Operating Officer since she co-founded the company in 1998. Over her quarter-century with ExpertusONE, she has brought to life the company’s mission of building the next generation of workforce learning, earning honors from industry publications including a place on the “Top 20 Most Influential Training Professionals” list in 2007.

Radhakrishnan shapes the way ExpertusONE goes to market by presiding over the processes, business objectives, and performance goals the company has set into play. Her ability to relate to each client’s unique needs within the world of LMS enables her to cast vision and direction for the future of ExpertusONE and the future of workforce learning. She focuses on helping companies reach their compliance goals, optimize training with extensible apps, and keep employees engaged with workforce learning. Radhakrishnan began her career as a SaaS disruptor as a systems supervisor at Franklin Resources. She earned a master’s in accounting from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Madras.


37. Aparna Jue
Company: FormAssembly
Title: Vice President of Product

Aparna Jue is FormAssembly’s Vice President of Product. As one of the women on the executive team, Jue leads a diverse team of innovators in the product development space. Since joining the company in 2021, one of her greatest achievements is not only advancing FormAssembly’s product, but placing underrepresented individuals in position to be in charge of the development of the product.

As a leader in tech and at FormAssembly, Jue is a shining example of team development, innovation, effective communication and critical thinking skills, user-focused and data-driven strategy, intuitiveness, collaboration, decisiveness, and agility. Day to day, Jue serves as an advocate for women in leadership, diversity, and challenging the status quo in tech and digital transformation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


38. Elise Stribos
Company: Jungle Scout
Title: Chief People Officer

With more than 15 years of experience in human relations, Elise Stribos is the Chief People Officer of Jungle Scout, a leading all-in-one platform for selling on Amazon. In this role, Stribos oversees People Operations for Jungle Scout globally, including its People & Culture initiatives. Founded in 2015, the company offers a full suite of best-in-class business management solutions and powerful market intelligence to help entrepreneurs and brands manage their Amazon businesses.

Prior to joining Jungle Scout in 2021, Stribos served as CPO and global HR director for F45 Training, an HR leader at Canoo, and an HR business partner at Energizer Holdings and UGL. She also co-founded Generator Talent, where she also served as the principal HR consultant.
Stribos received her bachelor’s in economics and social sciences from the University of Sydney, studied front-end web development at General Assembly, and attended Roseville College.


39. Gaby Henriquez
Company: Digital Media Solutions, Inc.
Title: Vice President of Media

A results-driven marketing leader, Gaby Henriquez has a knack for consistently achieving exceptional performance, a proven track record of successfully developing high-performing media campaigns, and the expertise to create and lead motivated, winning teams. Henriquez’s passion for digital marketing and analytics is the foundation of the success she has experienced throughout her career, surpassing revenue goals for companies like Visa and Aprende Institute through her integrated marketing strategies on both organic and paid social channels.

As Vice President of Media for Digital Media Solutions, Inc., Henriquez deploys marketing dollars for DMS and its advertiser clients across media channels, creating exceptional customer journeys to increase conversion rates and deliver reliable ROI. When Henriquez isn’t brainstorming her next media strategy, she is helping women excel as business leaders in her role as an advisor for the Business Women in Leadership Program at Florida International University.


40. Susan Jeffers
Company: XY Retail
Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Susan Jeffers co-founded and is the Chief Executive Officer of XY Retail, a leading provider of digital transformation solutions emphasizing omnichannel capabilities and the future of retail. Born in Bombay, India and educated in Silicon Valley, Jeffers has over 15 years of experience in technology, marketing and working with top-level brands.

Jeffers is a serial entrepreneur and is now working on her third company. She was part of the founding team and responsible for digital marketing and business development at iStorez, a venture-backed company acquired by theFind. She also works with, invests in, and advises several start-ups in both the consumer retail and enterprise software spaces, most notably Toovia, Omnitrol, and GigSky. She and her teams have been responsible for multiple successful large-scale enterprise technology roll-outs for Fortune companies like MGM, AT&T, Bombardier, Union Pacific, and Delta Airlines. Jeffers has a passion for bringing the right people, businesses, and ideas together while bridging the gap between technology and business. With a deep passion for creating innovative and scalable products combined with a talent for UI/UX design, her strength lies in bridging the gap between business and technology, while creating solutions for how to best leverage them to align expectations and attain business goals.


41. Jessica Bicknell
Company: LinkSquares
Title: Vice President of Customer Success

Jessica Bicknell is the Vice President of Customer Success for LinkSquares, the Boston-based company behind the AI-powered contract management platform of choice for legal teams. With more than 20 years of executive experience, Bicknell drives business transformations and process improvement efforts to enhance the customer journey, and she is responsible for enabling the success of LinkSquares’ customers throughout the entire post-sale lifecycle. In this capacity, she is accountable for shaping gross and net retention strategies, optimizing implementation processes to maximize time to value, and leading a rapidly scaling Customer Success organization.

After spending 15 years in advertising technology, Bicknell pivoted to the SaaS world and hasn’t looked back. She has held executive roles leading customer and operations teams at several organizations, including Sakon and Semcasting. Most notably, she served as Chief Operating Officer at String Automotive, a business intelligence solution acquired by Experian in 2017. Bicknell holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy & religion from Colgate University.


42. Suzanne Hassett
Company: Zyte
Title: Chief Operating Officer

Suzanne Hassett has served as Chief Operating Officer of Irish web data extraction tech company Zyte since January 2021. Having been promoted from the company’s Global Head of Professional Services, she has been responsible for helping bring to life many of the company’s recent breakthroughs, including a rebranding from its previous moniker Scrapinghub and the development of cutting-edge new web data extraction tools.

Hassett’s career as an unmatched leader in the IT services world stretches back through multiple top-level positions with global tech firms, including a stint as COO of Dublin managed service provider Brite:Bill. She has also held key positions with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Norkom Technologies, and Accenture. Hassett earned an MBA from University College Dublin and a bachelor’s in computer application, computer programming, and specific applications from Dublin City University.


43. Norah McDonald
Company: Vbrick
Title: Chief Marketing Officer

Norah McDonald is the Chief Marketing Officer of Vbrick, a Virginia-based enterprise video provider. Vbrick’s enterprise video platform (EVP) unifies live streaming, enterprise content delivery network (eCDN), video content management, and video production, capture, and enrichment. The world’s most recognized brands adopt Vbrick to overcome network complexity and risk to meet critical video needs from CEO town halls to onboarding sessions and to support innovative uses of on-demand recorded videos. As CMO, McDonald leads all of Vbrick’s global marketing efforts, including brand strategy, communications, product marketing, and business development.

McDonald is a transformational leader with 25+ years of marketing experience and expertise in building and leading high-performing global teams to drive growth. Prior to joining Vbrick, she was Vice President of Growth Marketing at several B2B SaaS companies, including most recently Veracode and Checkmarx, where she built and led global teams through accelerated growth and organizational transformation. McDonald earned an MBA from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Arts in international business from Ohio Wesleyan University.


44. Dawnie Larsen
Company: Verisk Property Estimating Solutions
Title: Senior Vice President, Operations

Dawnie Larsen is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Verisk Property Estimating Solutions (formerly Xactware), a Verisk Analytics company specializing in the property insurance, remodeling, and restoration industries. Based in Provo, Utah, Verisk Property Estimating Solutions makes technology tools, including estimating software programs for PCs and tablet PCs, as well as robust online systems for replacement-cost calculations, estimate tracking, and data trending in real-time. In her role, Larsen oversees all operational tasks and strategies, as well as employees.

Larsen has been a valued member of the Verisk Property Estimating Solutions team, serving in several leadership roles within the operations department. She joined the company in 2014 as an executive administrative assistant and was elevated to AVP of Operations in 2019. Later, she served as VP of Operations before ascending to her current role. Previously, she served as an executive assistant for the office of the City of Orem, Utah.


45. Helene Ackermann
Company: PriceHubble
Title: Chief Revenue Officer

As the Chief Revenue Officer at Zurich-based B2B proptech company PriceHubble, Helene Ackermann is responsible for driving sales and expanding international coverage across multiple international markets. With particular expertise in staff motivation and negotiation, she contributes her talents to the company’s breakthroughs in real estate valuation and analytics.

Though she is now best known for her efforts to help the world make smarter real estate decisions, Ackermann first built her reputation as an agile and responsive leader over her seven years as a sales director and accounts manager for Salesforce. She held similar critical positions with Oracle Software and Symantec, building both companies’ presence in European markets. Ackermann holds a bachelor’s in business management and marketing from PHW Business School Bern.


46. Carmen Christina Snyder
Company: RedTeam
Title: Director of Software Engineering

Carmen Christina Snyder is the Director of Software Engineering at RedTeam Software, LLC, a company that provides complete project and financial management software solutions for construction. Since joining RedTeam in 2008, Snyder has been integral in building the company into an industry leader. She has spearheaded the complex technology to enable product integrations, solution enhancements, and implementation of the highest security compliance features into RedTeam’s solutions.

Snyder built RedTeam’s software engineering team from the ground up, and now leads the company’s quality assurance, product development, and product support functions. Under her purview, the company developed distinctive accounting integrations with its core product, which provide contractors with secure, accurate financial management tools directly linked to project progress. Snyder serves as the technology lead with key financial software partners to ensure reliability and ongoing security compliance for these features. Her work at RedTeam has made a positive impact on efficiency, safety, productivity, and security in the construction management field. Snyder earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science and software engineering at Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego in Peru, and studied business administration as a postgraduate at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.


47. Clara Canevari
Company: Speexx
Title: Head of Digital Marketing & Growth

Clara Canevari is Head of Digital Marketing & Growth at Speexx, a leading provider of online B2B language training and business coaching solutions. More than 8 million users across 1,500 organizations use Speexx for on-the-job professional development of their workforces. Innovative and passionate, Canevari has combined her business acumen and significant SaaS industry experience to build an extensive track record of strategic sales and marketing achievements across a wide variety of accounts and projects. Strongly results-driven, she has played a vital role in driving Speexx’s rapid growth en route to becoming a globally recognized market leader and multi-million euro SaaS company.

Canevari studied linguistics at the University of Pavia, Italy, and holds a master‘s in international relations from the Catholic University of Milano and a master‘s in company internationalization from the New Institute of International Business of Milan, Italy.


48. Kristina Linehan
Company: ImageSource, Inc.
Title: Vice President of Sales

Kristina Linehan provides sales leadership and strategic customer-partner relationship vision as Vice President of Sales for ImageSource, Inc., which makes process innovation easy by offering advanced process-improvement solutions built on ILINX, the world’s most flexible platform, delivered by an unmatched team of experts committed to customer-partner success.

Linehan has led ImageSource to become a leader in process innovation SaaS solutions. She has assisted the company’s largest implementations in its transitions to work from home, remote system management, and the extensive expansion of its ILINX® solutions. Linehan’s experience spans over a decade with ImageSource, starting in marketing and quickly moving into sales. She has a degree in journalism from Arizona State University and is CIP-certified through AIIM.


49. Daniela Strazza
Company: Y42
Title: Head of People

Daniela “Dani” Strazza has 12+ years of global HR experience and is currently Head of People at Y42, the first scalable mission-control center for data pipelines, based in Berlin. In her role, she oversees all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition and engagement strategy, total rewards, performance management, employee wellness and safety, and employee training.

Strazza establishes and develops Human Resource teams and infrastructure to effectively support rapid business growth. She has proven success in creating cultures of collaboration, international recruitment, and implementing change to achieve workforce excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil, as well as advanced HR certifications.


50. Sarah van den Born
Company: Workspace 365
Title: Head of Talent and Human Resources

As the global Head of Talent and Human Resources for Workspace 365, Sarah Van den Born has a crucial role in the scaleup of the digital workspace specialist. The company is originally from the Netherlands but has a growing global presence, in part the result of van den Born’s commitment to talent management and continuous learning. She showed her leadership skills early in her career. At just 23, she was managing one of Unique’s top offices, becoming the HR partner’s youngest business unit manager ever. Van den Born is convinced that individuals can retrain and enter new sectors regardless of their educational background, experience, or age. She looks beyond the employment history and qualifications of potential recruits and considers their broader range of talents. It’s an approach that has created great diversity within Workspace 365.

Under van den Born’s guidance, the company’s focus has shifted from a very technical approach to one in which its people are driving and shaping the operation. Her leadership has been instrumental in creating a collaborative and open culture. It’s a safe space for people to develop and grow their understanding with a great balance of support and challenge. At Workspace 365, the numbers employed have grown rapidly – from 34 to 75 employees within a year. The increase would have been a stretch for any organization, but van den Born has built and led teams for almost two decades. In addition to being a people’s advocate, she’s a transparent and effective communicator with a sharp eye for spotting talent. Despite being in a tech business, she retains and nurtures a people-centric philosophy. Described as both a change agent and the voice of women in the business, her contributions to the scale-up have forged a learning culture that will continue to support Workspace 365’s global growth.