12 Female CTOs to Watch in 2016

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Get to know these Chief Technology Officers.

By Angie Chang (VP Strategic Partnershipss, Hackbright Academy)

This post originally appeared on the Hackbright Academy blog. 

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day on today, here are a 12 inspiring Chief Technology Officers who happen to be women. The newest addition to this list of female CTOs is Gerri Martin-Flickinger, freshly appointed to the Starbucks CTO position last week! Learn about these amazing 12 female CTOs below.

1. Rent the Runway CTO Camille Fournier

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Rent the Runway CTO Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier not only leads engineering at Rent the Runway in New York City, but tweets and blogs! She shares advice for new engineering managers in her blog post “Engineering Management for Young Bloods.” Her LinkedIn profile states that she is open to serving on your advisory board, and possibly CTO of your startup at month’s end. We predicted last year she would become CTO at a Fortune 500 company – keep an eye on this one! 

2. GoDaddy CTO Elissa Murphy

GoDaddy CTO Elissa Murphy

Elissa Murphy is the CTO and Executive Vice President at GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. She left a coveted post as Vice President of Engineering at Yahoo! for Hadoop and cloud services to overhaul GoDaddy’s engineering, leading Wired magazine to declare this year that “GoDaddy Isn’t the Company You Think It Is.” She currently has 15 patents issued and more than 19 patents pending in the areas of distributed systems, cloud, machine learning and security.

3. Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger

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Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger Gerri Martin-Flickinger was named Starbucks company’s Chief Technology Officer this week, She will begin at their Seattle headquarters in November. Starbucks COO wrote in an internal email on Tuesday, “I am looking for Gerri to not only be a great leader of our global IT function but to also contribute her expertise to help shape the global strategy and the technical architecture that we are building to power Starbucks into the future.” Prior to Starbucks, Gerri was Senior Vice President and CIO at Adobe, and CIO at VeriSign. 

4. SurveyMonkey CTO Selina Tobaccowala

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SurveyMonkey CTO Selina Tobaccowala

Selina Tobaccowala began her career as an entrepreneur — she started Evite out of her college dorm room, and sold the company to Ticketmaster in 2001. Selina was Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at TicketMaster, where she managed the 200-person Product, Technology and Operations team. Selina is now CTO and President at SurveyMonkey, a software-as-a-service-company based in Palo Alto, California. Selina was named in “21 Rising Technical Superstars: The Female Engineers Who Just May Become The Next Fortune 500 CTO!” 

5. United States CTO Megan Smith

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United States CTO Megan Smith Megan Smith is the CTO of the United States – specifically, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Before she became the CTO of the United States, Megan was Vice President at Google X – the group that made Google’s self-driving cars and other “moonshots” a reality. She holds degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, and was named in last year’s “21 Rising Technical Superstars.”

6. ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons

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ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons

Rebecca Parsons is CTO of ThoughtWorks, a software application development company headquartered in Chicago. She has more than 20 years’ application development experience, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent internet services. She has published in both language and artificial intelligence publications, served on numerous program committees, and reviews for several journals. Rebecca has extensive experience leading in the creation of large-scale distributed object applications and the integration of disparate systems. 

7. Cisco CTO of Networked Experiences Susie Wee

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Cisco CTO of Networked Experiences Susie Wee

Susie Wee is CTO of Networked Experiences and Vice President at Cisco, developing technologies and architectures for software-defined networks that provide improved operational, end user, and developer experiences with the network. She contributes to Cisco’s unified platform strategy by coupling applications to the converged infrastructure and developing systems for augmented collaboration. She has over 50 publications and 45 granted patents. 

8. StubHub CTO Raji Arasu

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StubHub CTO Raji Arasu

Raji Arasu started as VP of Engineering at eBay, helping tackle problems involving scalability, traffic and payments in the rapidly evolving world of e-commerce. She was promoted to her current role of CTO at StubHub, an eBay company, and leads a team to create a personalized and intuitive experience for StubHub’s users while also staying on top of technology trends. 

9. One Medical Group CTO Kimber Lockhart

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One Medical Group CTO Kimber Lockhart

Kimber Lockhart is CTO of One Medical Group, an innovative primary care practice funded by Silicon Valley venture capitalists. In college, she started a company which was acquired by Box. At Box, Kimber was a Director of Engineering before she was promoted to Senior Director of Engineering. Kimber was named in “ 21 Rising Technical Superstars: The Female Engineers Who Just May Become The Next Fortune 500 CTO!”

10. Redfin CTO Bridget Frey

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Redfin CTO Bridget Frey

Bridget Frey is the CTO at Redfin, an online real estate company based in Seattle. Bridget joined the company in 2011 as the director of analytics engineering, and quickly worked her way up to vice president of engineering, and then senior vice president of engineering. Her CEO remarked when he told the company about her promotion to CTO, “This isn’t a change in responsibilities; it’s a recognition of the obvious: that Bridget is one of the best executives we have.” 

11. NovoEd CTO Farnaz Ronaghi

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NovoEd CTO Farnaz Ronaghi Farnaz Ronaghi is passionate about making education, a basic human right, more accessible and meaningful through collaboration. She took a leave of absence from work on her Stanford PhD thesis to pursue her education startup NovoEd, a leadership development and online learning solution provider, where she is now the CTO. 

12. Moxxly CTO Santhi Analytis

Moxxly CTO Santhi Analytis Santhi Analytis is the CTO and co-founder of Moxxly, a smart breast pump startup in San Francisco. Her days are filled with soldering, coding, CADing, calipering, prototyping, and testing. Dr. Analytis has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford where her research focused on haptic interfaces, fiber optic force sensing, and MRI-guided interventions which, roughly, translates to: design methodology, biomedical engineering, and robotics. Santhi got married in the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley surrounded by a T-Rex skull and large, animatronic bugs.


About the guest blogger: Angie Chang is a Vice President at Hackbright Academy, where she focuses on Strategic Partnerships. Hackbright Academy runs a 10-week accelerated engineering fellowship exclusively for women quarterly in San Francisco. In 2008, she started Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners to network women in technology, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once to a tech event. Prior to that, she co-founded Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Follow her on Twitter @thisgirlangie.