Top 10: Women in Technology in the UK & Europe

Technology Magazine highlights 10 of the most inspiring and accomplished women in technology in the UK and Europe

The technology industry has long been dominated by men, with women making up only around 25% of the workforce in the US.

In the wake of Technology Magazine’s annual Top 100 Women in Technology publication, this week we highlight 10 of the most inspiring and accomplished women in technology in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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10: Olga Garg, Chief Technology Officer at Atos

A digital workplace transformation leader, Olga Garg is the Chief Technology Officer at Atos: a position she has held since June 2022. In her role, Olga leverages technology trends and industry best practices to establish mature models and executive continuous process and solutions improvements. Before joining Atos Olga spent several years at HCL Technologies, most recently as Associate General Manager in Finland.

9: Hanna Hennig, CIO, Siemens

Taking on the role of CIO in 2020, Hanna Hennig is responsible for the company’s global IT organisation, reporting directly to the CEO. 

Hanna uses her specialities in digital transformation, IT, operations, strategy, and project management to make innovative, flexible and secure software platforms available as well as work closely to support the spinoff of the energy business to ensure the independence and operational readiness of Siemens Energy.

8: Zahra Bahrololoumi CBE, CEO, Salesforce UK & Ireland

A widely recognised leader in technology, Zahra Bahrololoumi CBE, is the CEO of Salesforce (UK&I). Appointed in March 2021 she harnesses her expertise in digital transformation, AI, resilience, stakeholder engagement, sustainability diversity and inclusion to lead the company’s operations.

Zahra is a strong advocate for equality for all and has held many D&I roles across the world.

7: Jenni Lukander, President, Nokia Technologies

Jenni Lukander is President of Nokia Technologies – Nokia’s patent, technology and brand licensing business. Jenni’s priorities are driving innovation through investment in 5G and multimedia R&D and standardisation; renewing smartphone licensing agreements with device manufacturers; continuing Nokia’s diversification into new licensing domains such as automotive, consumer electronics and IoT; and developing new brand licensing opportunities. 

Joining Nokia in 2007, she held a number of senior legal and executive positions, including leading litigation, competition law, data privacy and trade compliance.

6: Agathe Bousquet, President, Publicis Groupe France

Appointed as President of Publicis Groupe France in 2017, Agathe Bousquet was brought in to further the company’s transformation to break down silos, putting clients at its core. In her role, Agathe oversees all agency activities in France, whether creative, data, media or dedicated to digital transformation.

Her mission is to accelerate the momentum of "The Power of One", by bringing together Publicis’ 6,500 employees in France and establishing the Groupe as the strategic partner in the transformation journey of French clients.

5: Katherine Ainley, CEO, Ericsson UK & Ireland

Passionate about the use of technology and connectivity to improve the world, Katherine Ainley is the current CEO of Ericsson in the UK and Ireland, joining Ericsson in February 2021 from BT.

Working alongside major mobile network operators and service providers to create world-leading mobile networks and game-changing technology, Katherine is dedicated to making connectivity and technology available to all and making sure technology and telecoms are a diverse, welcoming world which everyone can be a part.

4: Karine Brunet, CEO Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Capgemini

A respected technology leader, Karine Brunet’s expertise lies in business development and in managing outsourced services on a global scale. 

In her role, she harnesses her specialities in strategic thinking, leadership, transformation, growth, negotiations, change management and communications to deliver results. 

Before joining Capgemini, Karine worked for NCR France, Alcatel-Lucent, Steria, Vodafone Group and Vantiva in leading executive-level technology and IT roles.

3: Tanja Rueckert, Group Chief Digital Officer, Bosch

Dr Tanja Rueckert has more than 20 years of experience as an executive in the software industry. During her career, she has worked in Germany and the United States and headed up teams across the globe.

Tanja has spent the majority of her career in the digital sector working with the SAP Group. Following her roles as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Products & Innovation with SAP, in 2015, she became President of IoT & Digital Supply Chain at SAP.

She was Chairman of the Board of Management of Bosch Building Technologies from August 2018 to May 2021 and has been Chief Digital Officer of the Bosch Group since July 2021.

2: Ursula Koski, CTO Nordics Partners, AWS

A seasoned technology leader, Ursula Koski has more than 28 years of experience in software development, cloud transformation and digital innovation. 

In her role as CTO for Nordics Partners at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ursula works with partners, governments, and the European Commission to accelerate the growth of the technology industry, as well as strengthen Finland's position for digital talent and innovation. 

A passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion, and human rights, she co-leads the Glamazon Nordics AWS and Amazon LGBTQ+ affinity group, and is the first woman in 70 years to hold the role of Chairwomen at Tivia - the Finnish ICT professionals association.

1: Claire Barclay, CEO, Microsoft UK

Clare Barclay is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft UK where she is responsible for all of Microsoft's product and service offerings in the UK and for supporting the success of its commercial customers and partners. With nearly three decades in the IT industry, Clare has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion and for helping young people succeed in tech careers across the sector.

Prior to October 2020, Clare was Microsoft UK's Chief Operating Officer for four years where she orchestrated the direction and success of the sales, marketing and services resources in each of Microsoft UK's business groups. With nearly three decades in the IT industry, most of them in diverse roles across Microsoft, Clare was previously General Manager of the Small, Medium Enterprise & Partner Group at Microsoft UK.

Clare has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion, as well as helping young people succeed in technology careers across the industry. She also serves on the Board of the British Heart Foundation and is a Non-Executive Director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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