Tech market – which has traditionally been the terrain for the men – is now increasingly being invaded by the fair sex.
The year 2013 indicated this trend vividly when a number of women leapfrogged to occupy some of the hot spots in leading technology companies.
RMN Company’s global technology news service – RMN Digital – keeps a close eye on such path-breaking trends in the tech world.
Let’s meet these 14 smart women who grabbed top positions in different outfits and were featured on RMN Digital.
Click their names to know more about them.
Online content company AOL hired Erika Nardini as VP, head of Marketing Solutions for AOL Advertising.
A veteran of the media business, Nardini was taken to drive marketing and creative strategies for AOL’s advertising business. She will be based in New York, and report to Jim Norton, senior VP of AOL Advertising.
Social analytics and engagement solutions company Attensity appointed J. Kirsten Bay as the company’s president and CEO. Bay succeeded Ian Bonner, who will continue to serve Attensity as chairman of the board.
Bay brings to Attensity nearly 20 years of strategic process and organizational policy experience derived from the information management, finance and consumer product industries.
AOL Advertising appointed Marta Martinez to the role of head of Sales Strategy & Operations.
In this newly created role, Martinez was appointed lead and manage sales strategy and operations functions for AOL Advertising.
These include business operations and planning; design of innovative sales force effectiveness initiatives and the development and packaging of advertising solutions for clients.
Robotic technology-based solutions company iRobot Corp. appointed Alison Dean as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She report to Colin Angle, chief executive officer.
Dean, who has 25 years of experience in finance, joined iRobot in 2005, prior to the company’s public offering, to prepare the company for the public market.
While at iRobot, she has been responsible for investor relations, company-wide financial planning, accounting, and SEC reporting.
Leading global travel technology provider, Sabre, appointed Deborah Kerr to chief product and technology officer.
Formerly with HP and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she leads the company’s global technology organization, overseeing innovation, development and delivery of software for airlines, hotels, travel agencies, corporations and travelers.
Interactive entertainment company Nintendo of America hired a new vice president of Human Resources.
Robyn Corr began work at Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., and is in charge of employee welfare, compensation, benefits, recruiting, learning and development, organizational development, payroll and HR systems.
She reports to Flip Morse, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of Corporate Resources.
Corr comes to Nintendo from Starbucks Coffee Company, where she worked since 1998, most recently as vice president of Partner Resources.
Microsoft Corp. named Amy Hood as Microsoft chief financial officer, succeeding outgoing CFO Peter Klein.
Hood, 41, joined Microsoft in December 2002 and served as CFO of Microsoft Business Division (MBD), overseeing all financial strategy, management and reporting for the $24.1 billion business.
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) hired Beth Devin as its Chief Information Officer (CIO) to direct the company’s global information technology initiatives.
In her new role, Devin is responsible for leading the information technology team, including SVB’s global IT infrastructure, and partnering with banking teams worldwide.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), a leading media company serving Hispanic America, promoted Sarah Madigan to the newly created position of executive vice president of Content Distribution.
Madigan joined the company in 2011, and most recently served as senior vice president of Business Affairs.
She is based in Univision’s New York headquarters and reports to Tonia O’Connor, president of Content Distribution and Corporate Business Development.
In her new position, Madigan oversees content sales and strategy for digital and linear distribution.
Pamela Kaufman at Nickelodeon
Pamela Kaufman was promoted to the expanded role of chief marketing officer (CMO) and president, Consumer Products for Nickelodeon.
In her new role, Kaufman will have oversight of Nickelodeon’s domestic consumer products business, encompassing merchandising and licensing for intellectual properties, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Dora the Explorer.
Panasonic Corporation of North America appointment Julie Bauer as president of its consumer sales division, Panasonic Consumer Electronics (CE) Company.
Bauer, a Wisconsin native, has held senior level positions in direct marketing, online strategy, e-commerce and multichannel transformation with Guthy-Renker, Mattel, Inc. and Best Buy Co., Inc.
Yahoo! appointed Dawn Airey as senior vice president of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operation. Airey will report to COO Henrique de Castro.
She has worked in television for 30 years and has held senior positions in the majority of the commercial broadcasters in the UK. Most recently, she was president of a unit of RTL Group.
Leading advertising agency M&C Saatchi hired Graceann Bennett for its New York office as Chief Strategy Officer. Bennett will report to NY CEO, Jeff Brooks. She joins Pierre Lipton, Chief Creative Officer, as the third equity partner in the business.
Bennett spent the past 6 years of her career as Managing Partner and Strategic Planning Director of Ogilvy Chicago.
According to M&C Saatchi, Graceann was the originator of Ogilvy Chicago’s initiative to better understand the digital needs and behaviors of women.
Jive Software has named Elisa Steele as its new executive vice president of strategy and chief marketing officer.
In this global role, she will be responsible for strategy, branding, end-to-end marketing functions, product marketing, corporate communications and other go-to-market responsibilities.