Crain's Chicago Business Highlights ThoughtWorks' Joanna Parke as a Tech 50 Leader

Recognized for Significantly Increasing Percentage of Female Technologists

CHICAGO, July 22, 2015 /CNW/ -- Joanna Parke, Managing Director of North America at ThoughtWorks, a global technology company headquartered in Chicago, has been named one of Chicago's top 50 Technology Leaders by Crain's Chicago Business in its latest Tech 50 list.

"We are proud to see Crain's recognize Joanna as a technologist and business leader in Chicago," said Craig Gorsline, President and Chief Operating Officer. "Joanna has had a remarkable career, from starting as a developer, to expanding her business acumen and stepping into a global leadership position. Joanna epitomizes what it means to be a ThoughtWorker, and her ingenuity, talents and compassion serve as a shining example of what makes the people at ThoughtWorks unique in the technology world."

"It is humbling to be recognized as a leader in technology. I truly view the award as validation for all the hard work and dedication of our team in Chicago and across the globe," said Joanna Parke, Managing Director of North America. "I am most proud of the work we have done to increase diversity at ThoughtWorks and increase the percentage of female technologists to exceed the industry norm."

The award continues to highlight the impact ThoughtWorks has in Chicago, as the company was also recently recognized as one of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR) for the eleventh consecutive year. ThoughtWorks, founded in Chicago over 20 years ago, has grown from a small group in Chicago to a company of over 3000 people spread across 6 continents, 30 offices in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

About ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks is a software company and community of passionate, purpose-led individuals that specialize in software consulting, delivery and products. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. We make pioneering tools for software teams who aspire to be great. Our products help organizations continuously improve and deliver quality software for their most critical needs.

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