WITI Hall of Fame

2017 Inductees


Beena Ammanath Beena Ammanath
Global VP - Artificial Intelligence/Data/Innovation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D. Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder, Humacyte

Krunali Patel Krunali Patel
VP & GM of Analog Design Services, Texas Instruments

Lisa Seacat DeLuca Lisa Seacat DeLuca
Technology Strategist, Cognitive Incubation Lab, IBM Watson Customer Engagement

Selma Svendsen Selma Svendsen
Senior Director of Program Management, iRobot

Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D. Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.
CTO & SVP of Technology, BMC Software



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Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.

CTO & SVP of Technology, BMC Software

Inducted in: 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Xu is a seasoned business and technical leader with over 20 years of experience in developing, deploying and supporting software-as-a-service, big data, and mobile enterprise software.

Currently, Dr. Elizabeth Xu drives the global technology as the Chief Technology Officer for CP Group, leading the Digital Transformation for a few hundred subsidiaries with combined revenue of $45 Billion using Data and AI technology.

Prior to CP Group, She was CTO at BMC Software. Responsible for BMC's Central Technology Organization and Digital Service Management BU Engineering Organization. Before joining BMC, Dr. Xu was group vice president of product engineering at Acxiom. She was the Global SVP of product development at Rearden Commerce, a partner at Business Innovation Services, and the Global SVP of product development at Vitria Technology. Dr. Xu's career also includes several years at IBM developing the IBM Content Management Suite and DB2.

A teacher, author, and mentor as well, Dr. Xu teaches Ten Steps to a Successful Career for Stanford Continuing Studies, and co-authored Myths of the Promotion: 10 Steps to a Successful Career.

Dr. Xu holds one critical cybersecurity patent and has won several awards for leadership and community service. She was chosen for Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence and is the recipient of 10 Stevie Awards for achievement in business. In 2017, She received the James G. Scrugham Medal from University Nevada Reno and the Women in Technology Hall of Fame Award 2017 from WITI.

Dr. Xu serves as an advisor and board member for several organizations, including the WITI, and Be The Change Foundation. She founded the Successful Women Acceleration Network (SWAN).

Dr. Xu holds a Bachelor's degree in Space Physics, two Master's degrees in Atmospheric Science and Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and has completed the Executive Education Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.