techUK has appointed Jacqueline de Rojas as Deputy President. As well as continuing in her role as the techUK Board Champion for women in business, de Rojas will help to spearhead tech related policy, support innovation and advocate a greater role for women in the technology sector.
Jacqueline is a digital executive with over 25 years of experience in leading technology businesses and was recently placed in the top 25 in Computer Weekly's UKtech50 The most influential people in UK IT. She is the Area Vice President and General Manager, Northern Europe at Citrix and is also a Non-Executive Director of Home Retail Group.
Jacqueline comments: "The technology industry continues to be integral to the future development of the UK, driving innovation and economic growth. techUK plays an important part in championing this vital contribution. We must to continue to inspire government, businesses, investors and young people alike to take advantage of the digital economy – as well as demonstrate the potential for women to further succeed in this thriving industry."
As a keen supporter of women in business, Jacqueline was a judge for the everywoman Women in Technology awards 2012, 2013 and 2014. She was invited to be a judge on the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2013 and 2014. Jacqueline is an active member of the Prince's Trust Technology Leadership Group, which gives vulnerable young people practical and financial support needed to develop self-esteem and skills for work.
techUK CEO Julian David comments; "Jacqueline de Rojas brings a wealth of experience to techUK. Just over a year has passed since techUK was formed and this appointment signals the fresh approach to the UK technology industry being taken by our organisation. techUK has been formed for the future – for better understanding and realisation of the opportunities that technology represents for the UK and to deal with the disruptive challenges that change and innovation always present. In her role, Jacqueline will help drive techUK in support of a vibrant UK technology industry."
Jacqueline de Rojas will succeed President Victor Chavez at the 2015 AGM.