ST Women in Technology - 97

Robin Abrams, Board Member, HCL Technologies
A technology industry veteran offers advice to women, and men, about
increasing opportunities for women - and recalls some zigzags in her own
career path.

R

obin Abrams is one of the most seasoned executives
in technology. Now a member of the Board of Directors
of HCL Technologies and three other public companies,
she has served as CEO or COO of numerous tech
startups - President of Palm Computing, Senior Vice
President of 3Com, and President and CEO of VeriFone.
Before joining VeriFone in 1997, she held a variety of
senior management positions with Apple Computers
and Unisys. The first 12 years of her career she spent at
Norwest Bank, now Wells Fargo.
In this edited conversation with Straight Talk Managing
Editor Neha Anand, she talks about how she happened

to get into technology, the challenges of being a
woman in IT, and what it takes to get ahead as a female
tech manager.

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO WORK IN
TECHNOLOGY?
No. First, I wanted to be an attorney, and I actually found
myself interning in criminal law - getting drunks out of jail
at midnight and that type of thing. Well, I rethought that
plan, and then I found myself employed by a bank.
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