Rebecca Parsons

CTO at ThoughtWorks, chair of the Agile Alliance

Dr. Rebecca Parsons is the CTO at ThoughtWorks. She has more than 30 years’ experience in leading the creation of large-scale distributed, services based applications, and the integration of disparate systems.

Before ThoughtWorks, she worked as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida, after completing a Director’s Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her interests include parallel and distributed computation, programming languages, domain specific languages, evolutionary architecture, genetic algorithms, and computational science.

Rebecca received a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Bradley University, and both an MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University.


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YOW! CTO Summit 2016 Melbourne

The CTO is Dead: Long Live the CTO


The role of the CTO is changing and the skills needed to succeed as a CTO are also changing. As technology continues to invade deeper into more and more organizations, technology savvy and expertise become increasingly important in the C-suite. In the past traditional organizations didn’t really have CTOs at the “big table” despite the “C” in their title. This situation is changing. This talk will describe the evolution of the role of the CTO as I have watched it both within my role at ThoughtWorks and with many of our clients.