Yvonne Wassenaar

CIO - New Relic

Yvonne is recognized as a thought leader in how to maintain business relevance in a rapidly changing world.  She is a frequent presenter and panel member on this topic and is a respected advisor to C-level executives on the issues of change, technology driven innovation, and advancement of women in leadership/STEM.

As New Relic’s Chief Information Officer Yvonne divides her focus between the company’s growth strategy and delivering the technology capability required to succeed in a cloud first world.  In her role she is writing the new CIO playbook enabling innovation and distributed empowerment without sacrificing security, compliance, or customer experience.  Yvonne is also New Relic’s executive sponsor for their non-profit program and a member of New Relic’s Diversity Council.

Yvonne’s talent for communication, collaboration, and innovation has earned her executive titles and recognition as a respected leader in Tech.  Prior to her corporate executive experience, Yvonne advised global organizations on business diversification, process/capability scaling, and go to market transformation.  Her focus today is the discovery of the root causes that drive business challenge and how to bring an innovative, collaborative, and agile approach to solving them.  Yvonne thrives in complex and ambiguous situations and loves working with other talented individuals who share her commitment to making a difference. 

Yvonne currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bitium, the Board of Trustees for Harvey Mudd College and on the Board of Directors for the Athena Alliance.  She is part of the WSJ CIO Network, WSJ Women of Note, and was recently recognized as a Women of Influence 2016.

Yvonne received her undergraduate degree and MBA from UCLA where she graduated with top honors. Her personal passions are the advancement of women in leadership/STEM along with driving forward the concept of  “shared –value” with corporations. She is an avid traveler and finds her inspiration in the many wonders of the world ranging from the Taj Mahal (India) to the Archipelago (Sweden) and Kilimanjaro (Africa).

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