Danielle Royston
CEO
Optiva

(4.6)
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Awards:

  • Top Women Leaders 2018

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Danielle joined Optiva as CEO in 2017. The Company, which trades on the Toronto stock exchange, is an innovative software provider of mission-critical, cloud-native, monetization solutions to leading communication service providers (CSPs) globally. Danielle has nearly 20 years of executive experience in the technology industry with an emphasis on turning around enterprise software companies. Before joining Optiva, she served as portfolio CEO for the ESW Capital family of companies, leading over 15 turnarounds during her tenure.


Danielle is widely recognized as an industry thought leader and has been featured in publications, including Fast Company and The Harvard Business Review. Prior to ESW, she served in senior roles with Freescale Semiconductor and Trilogy. Her first job after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science was with IBM. Danielle is an entrepreneurial leader with broad experience in transforming cost structures, growing revenues, building teams and creating customer loyalty.


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139 COMMENTS


  1. My CEO has time to write back to every single employee no matter where they happen to be on the organizational chart. She does not take a huge check no matter how the company is doing. She keeps every single one of us in the loop about how the company is doing. Basically, she cares. People talk a lot of smack about my company; how it does not care for people, how its all about metrics. Truth is, every company has a profit bottom line. They just make the truth more palatable by adding euphemistic ideals and language to their bottom line. However, I value transparency and truth and I think i have it here. Honestly, by taking time to reply – and in length – to every email however trivial, and by addressing every issue, my CEO has actually increased my confidence (as a female engineer – the only one in my team) and commitment to the organization

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  2. Motivation and information. She communicates and show how are we doing, the big picture of the company and motivates us in moving forward! She is on top of the main issues but also knows about the teams and how are they doing. Sends congratulations with specific names when a goal is reached.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  3. Strong vision that is clearly and concisely communicated and translated to deliverables. Drives a rapid but well thought out pace of continuous improvement. Values customer success above all else to set the table for delivering sustainable stakeholder value.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  4. She has very solid technical background which allows her to understand products she is working on to the smallest details. Also, she really had CEO attitude which makes all of the employees follow her, no matter how uncertain the outcome is.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  5. She is a powerful person. She positively impacts anything that she touches. She is sponsoring a really dramatic change from old bare metal servers to GCP and using CloudSpanner, a really innovative action in telecommunications market.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  6. Her energy and positivity is infectious and was needed at a time when the company was turned upside down. She is a no nonsense CEO and is changing how we do business and how we think of ourselves in the market.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  7. Forward thinking and brings together a dynamic team to work towards improving profitability to the company at the same time focusing on bring customers a better product and overall customer service.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  8. Danielle Royston has incredible vision and the ability to transform a company not just for today but for long-term sustainability, growth and alignment with future technological trends.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  9. As a CEO, Danielle’s excellent strength & dedication has proved that the OPTIVA is a leading company in charging platform in the world. Really we are proud & appreciate of her effort.

    Staff, submitted on

  10. Great leader with clear vision for her team. She takes complex situations and turn them into something simple that people who work with her can easily understand.

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  11. Willing to challenge the industry status quo with a game changing vision Operational turn-around guru Laser focus on customer success

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  12. Extremely energetic, focused, and a very clear communicator. Does not make promises she cannot keep. Strong mentor, and positive attitude.

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  13. Danielle’s strengths are her ability to turn a failing company around while simultaneously providing a stronger work culture and ethic.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  14. Encouraging spirit, Visionary leadership, Organization optimism, rapid understanding of things to be improved, Personal accountability

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  15. Transforming company and products for helping customers achieve success and company be profitable. Highly responsive and engaged.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  16. I can see she is moving in a good way as she is making partnership with google where we will have 10X system performance gain .

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  17. She strives for improving the business utilizing new technologies and software that can give a fresh air to the industry.

    Staff, submitted on

  18. 1) Commitment and Passion 2) Decision-Making Capabilities 3) Delegation and Empowerment 4) Strong customer focus.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  19. She is direct and makes decisive decisions for the benefit of the company. She is laser focused and never waivers.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  20. Agile and quick to adapt. Easy to work with and open. Direct and to the point, but still human and approachable.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  21. understands people – both customer and staff excellent at motivating and driving everyone towards goals.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  22. Decisive. Bold. Highly operational. Great sense of humor. Succeeding in a very male-dominated industry.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  23. Grit, go by the book, replacing employees with 5 times costlier contractors, faking numbers

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  24. She is worst CEO in this world. I request you, even do not think about her nomination.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  25. Out of the box -Great thinker, Highly focused on goals,Hard working,Honest,Team player

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

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