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WITI Women | Nora Denzel

Nora DenzelNora Denzel
Corporate Board Member of Ericsson, Coinstar and Saba Software

Nora Denzel currently serves on three public technology company boards: Ericsson, Coinstar and Saba Software. Prior to her board service, she spent over 25 years in technology with her last position being the SVP of Big Data, Marketing and Social Product Design at Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU). In that role she was responsible for Intuit's big data strategy which was to use the data of Intuit to provide value to over 50M Intuit customers. Intuit is the industry leader in affordable and easy to use software products and services for small businesses and consumers. Prior to joining Intuit, Ms. Denzel was a Senior Vice President at Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) where she held a number of executive-level positions including leadership of the consulting, software and storage divisions. During her tenure at HP, the software business unit experienced a dramatic turn around from negative growth and an operating loss, to one which grew at over two times the industry and posted double digit profitability.

Prior to joining HP, Ms. Denzel served as the Senior Vice President of Product Operations at Legato Systems Inc, now a part of EMC. While there, she led the company through a dramatic growth period which involved strong organic growth as well as the successful integration of several software acquisitions. Ms. Denzel began her career as a software engineer at IBM and progressed to becoming an executive during her 13 year tenure with the company.

Ms. Denzel earned her bachelor degree in computer science from State University of New York and an MBA from Santa Clara University. She has been named one of the 10 leading women in tech (2012) by CIO Magazine, one of the top 25 women engineers (2012) by Business Insider, and one of the top 20 CMOs by Exec Rank (2012). She serves on the non-profit boards of the YWCA of Silicon Valley and the Anita Borg Institute.

Nora Denzel answers these questions:
1. What was your first job in technology?
2. Who has been your most significant mentor? Why?
3. What has been your greatest challenge and what strategies did you use to overcome obstacles?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to women beginning their careers in technology?
6. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?

On the lighter side:
1. If you could have dinner with any 2 people (living or not), who would they be?
2. What was the last book you read? What books do you love to recommend?
3. If you couldn't do what you are doing now, what profession would you choose?
4. What is your definition of success?

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