Marianne Marck has enjoyed a long technology career. She got her start as a software engineer and moved into engineering management with ever expanding leadership roles. She has worked for software companies, internet companies, and retail businesses. Today, Marianne is the CIO at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers where she oversees all aspects of technology. She has been with Ritchie
Bros. since April 2016. Marianne also served as the SVP, Consumer Facing Technology at the Starbucks Coffee company for over 4 years. There she led IT for China Asia Pacific and led engineering for global consumer facing technology. This included technology for retail, mobile, online, integration, and loyalty programs. Marianne served as the SVP of technology at Blue Nile. While there, she led multiple initiatives including launching the company’s first mobile app and international expansion. For five years Marianne served as Vice President of Engineering for the Disney Interactive Media Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. While at Disney, Marianne led the software engineering teams that built technology for the company’s online advertising,content management, mobile applications and online video players. Her team was awarded multiple patents for their innovative contributions. Marianne served for 5 years in various capacities at CNET Networks, most recently as Senior Vice President of Technology Infrastructure. Marianne served as engineer and engineering manager at Sybase, an enterprise software company. She was at Sybase for over 6 years. She was also a software developer at the IBM Almaden Research Laboratory. Marianne holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Mills College and has done graduate work in computer science and executive management.
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
I have worked in technology for almost 30 years. I didn’t plan this path in life deliberately, I loved studying Computer Science and Math in school and it led to an amazing career. That career has given me choices in life. It has enabled me to take care of my family and to give to others. It has always been challenging and inspiring. The same opportunity has to be open to all women, from all backgrounds, and that is IGNITE’s mission. IGNITE enables girls to see the possibility of what a career in tech can mean to them.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
I was asked to speak on an IGNITE panel at work (and I quickly became an IGNITE sponsor). This was my first introduction to IGNITE. We were asked to talk about our careers and for the first time in my life, I was able to tell others about how much my career has truly meant to me. That above all else, my technology career enabled me to live a full and independent life. If I can do that, I know that every girl can also attain this goal.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
In Trevor Noah’s book, “Born a Crime”, he tells the story of how his mother showed him what was possible in life by the way she lived. He writes, “We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited…the highest rung of what is possible is far beyond the world you can see.” IGNITE makes careers in STEM visible and viable to girls. It is fair. It reaches across socioeconomic boundaries. It is inspiring and it successfully shows girls what is possible.