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She won the award for pioneering women in the IT industry and private charitable work. She joins Xansa founder Steve Shirley who previously received a DBE.
Cropper joined Xansa in 1985 and quickly became chief executive in 1987. She led an employee buy-out in 2001 and placed the company on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. By 1999 she was the highest-paid woman in Britain. Cropper relinquished her role as CEO last year.
Other IT leaders receiving honours included Keith Todd, who was awarded an OBE for work as chairman of the Broadband Stakeholders Group; Ian Glenday, executive director of the Office of Government Commerce's Gateway review programme who was awarded a CBE; and Peter Thomas Kirstein, professor of computer systems at University College London, with a CBE for his internetworking research.