Marie Hattar
Chief Marketing Officer
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Ixia’s Bethany Mayer named Global Leader of the Year in 2017 Women in IT Awards

February 1, 2017 by Marie Hattar

I'm so delighted to announce that Bethany Mayer, our CEO, has been named Global Leader of the Year in the Information Age Women in IT Awards 2017. The Women in IT Awards are the world’s largest technology diversity event, and to even be shortlisted in one of the categories is a great accolade. They are judged by a selection of inspirational and innovative business leaders from across the technology industry.  This year, the panel included heads of technology from Thomson Reuters, Salesforce, Rolls-Royce and many more. The Global Leader of the Year award is allocated to ‘a woman in a global technology or digital leadership position who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and business success in the last 18 months’, with the judges making their final decision based on ‘progress and growth of the company, its innovation and specific achievements and initiatives of the candidate’.

Bethany took over as Ixia’s President and CEO in late 2014, and has been a driving force behind Ixia’s continued growth, strategic expansion, and the development of our product portfolio beyond network testing and into the visibility and security solutions markets.  In other words, she’s been at the helm as Ixia has transitioned from focusing on a crucial but very specific element of the development lifecycle, to a company offering a holistic strategy for strengthening applications across physical and virtual environments.

The event was held at Grosvenor House in Mayfair in front of an audience of 1000 business and technology leaders.  Alex Younger, head of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, gave the keynote speech in a surprise and rare public appearance.  He discussed the drive to attract the best talent into the technology industry, and revealed that the real-life ‘Q’ – the Secret Service’s technical expert of the James Bond novels and movies fame – is a woman.  He said that:  “Success for me is a deeper, broader range of technological skills within MI6 and more diversity, in particular more women.”

I'm thrilled that Bethany Mayer’s achievements in driving growth and innovation at Ixia have been recognized with this award.