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De Rojas is an executive at Citrix and has spent her career at blue chip software companies creating teams that can extend their reach through partnerships.
She holds several board and advisory positions, such as serving as a non-executive director at Home Retail Group PLC and board advisor at Digital leaders, as well as supporting the 30% Club.
De Rojas has also been the deputy president and board champion for women on the board of TechUK for the past two years, something she will continue to drive in her new role.
“We’re delighted to welcome Jacqueline to her new role as president of the TechUK main board. Her passion and enthusiasm for tech will be of enormous value to TechUK and the whole industry,” said Julian David, CEO of TechUK.
Speaking to Computer Weekly, De Rojas said women are the “crisis managers of the world”, so the IT industry needs to “re-frame” how it presents itself to women to make jobs in technology more appealing.
De Rojas topped the list of 50 leaders in technology, extended from 25 for the first time by Computer Weekly.
When accepting her award, she urged other women to remember to “send the elevator back down”.
TechUK recently released a paper which puts forward recommendations to government and industry on closer collaboration to close the IT skills shortfall.
The paper We’re just not doing enough – Working together to meet the digital skills challenge warns the IT industry of a fragmented approach to trying to solve the skills gap.
One recommendation is for the Government’s Digital Economy Unit to map the likely impact initiatives, such as Tech Partnership and the National College for Digital Skills, will have on candidates entering the workforce to 2020 and beyond.
Read more about women in IT
- The Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly Women in Technology Survey 2015 collected data between 10 April and 28 May 2015, and represents the views of more than 4,000 technology professionals.
- Computer Weekly reveals the annual list of the 50 most influential women in UK IT – and talk to 2015’s winner, Citrix vice-president Jacqueline de Rojas.
- UK Commission for Employment Skills survey finds proportion of women in digital has been on the decline since 2002.