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Two women in tech win gongs

i.aspxTwo top women in UK tech have been awarded gongs in the New Year Honours list.

Vin Murria, who is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Softcat and Sophos, has been awarded an OBE. Jacqueline de Rojas, who is president of TechUK, has been awarded a CBE.

Vin was born in what she once described as ‘not much more than a mud hut’ in the Punjab and came to the UK when she was three. Vin was awarded a “women in engineering” apprenticeship at Rolls Royce who then helped her through university where she graduated with a first in Computer Sciences.

Murria founded Advanced Computer Software, which private equity group Vista bought for £725 million in 2014 and netting Murria over £100 million.

She is a Sophos and Softcat board member and is a non-executive director at Zoopla, a senior partner at NM Rothschild, and a managing partner at HG Capital.

Writing in his bog TechMarketView chairman Richard Holway – himself holding an MBE – said it was a surprise that Murria had not received a reward before.

“Vin is not just a successful entrepreneur. Vin has been at the forefront for the advancement of women – be that helping disadvantaged young girls in India, via the PS Foundation that she established, to setting up academies for employees to develop their potential. Vin’s philanthropic activities are almost too numerous to mention. Indeed, I personally am delighted that Vin has recently become a Patron of the Prince’s Trust.  A lot of Vin’s time – both in the past and at present – is devoted to mentoring. Vin has helped so many people along the way – sharing the rewards of her success”, Holway said.

Also recognised is de Rojas, who has had spells in senior management at a number of vendors including CA Technologies, Citrix, McAfee, and more recently a stint at Sage.


Jacqueline de Rojas

Jacqueline de Rojas is the president of techUK, a non-profit organisation which represents the UK’s technology industry.

De Rojas is a non-executive director on the board of Rightmove and on the board of Costain. She was appointed the chair of Digital Leaders in October.

De Rojas is made a CBE for services to international trade in the technology industry.

Speaking of her award on LinkedIn, de Rojas said: “To be included in the New Year Honours list is an amazing endorsement of the progress made in the UK technology industry. We are a digital nation of significance.”

Ingram Micro exec named most powerful influential women

IMIngram Micro has announced that one of its staff members has been named as one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women” by the California Diversity Council (CADC).

Robyn Tingley, vice president, Human Resources for Ingram Micro North America and Latin America, has been awarded the title and will also be speaking on a panel at the conference titled “Gaining the Trust and Credibility You Deserve.”

Ingram Micro is of course thrilled at the publicity and bigged up Robyn by claiming she has been a  significant contributor on a wide range of inclusion and diversity issues including minority recruiting, veteran hiring and developing a workplace that is educated and aware of all aspects of diversity and inclusion.

The awards were presented in conjunction with the 4th Annual California Diversity & Leadership Conference, held April 18-19, 2013, at the Hilton Concord in Concord, California.

Tingley is a certified Global Human Resources professional who has worked internationally in the fields of human resources, communications, corporate social responsibility, public policy and journalism. Prior to her current position, Tingley was previously vice president of Human Resources and Communications for Ingram Micro Europe based in Brussels, Belgium.

She has been with Ingram Micro for five years. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, she was vice president of Communications and Public Affairs for Bell Aliant, a Canadian-based leader in telecommunications.