April 24, 2014

Media Contact:

Lisa Doerner



Digital Rochester Announces
the 2014 Technology Woman of the Year

Rochester, NY - Digital Rochester announced the winner for Technology Woman of the Year at a breakfast at Casa Larga Vineyards earlier this morning. The winner was selected from 9 nominees. 


The award winner is: Anne Bell, Vice President, Enterprise & Corporate Applications, 


Anne Bell leads a global team responsible for the applications that drive key
business processes throughout the company. Her organization works closely with
business partners to develop a streamlined, state-of-the-art application portfolio for
the company's technology and services businesses. It also supports vital corporate
functions like Human Resources, Finance, Procurement and Marketing.

Since she was appointed to her position in 2012, Anne has helped the company
develop common, enterprise platforms and processes for sales management, HR,
business intelligence/analytics, internal communications, marketing, major account
management and employee collaboration.

Previously, she served as the Vice President of Global Services and Applications for
the technology business and Manager of IT for Developing Markets Organization
West where she was responsible for the company's IT environment in Brazil, Mexico
and other Latin America countries.

During more than 30 years at Xerox, Anne has held other leadership and
management positions in IT. Her assignments have given her in-depth experience in
everything from IT strategy and architecture development to security and risk
management, mergers and acquisitions, program management and business process
transformation. In her various positions, she has mentored many women, guiding their
career paths.

In addition to her professional activities, Anne devotes time to a variety of local and
international nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for
Bethany House, which assists homeless women and children in Rochester, NY,
where she has established a mentoring program for the women. And she is on a
committee through her church that promotes a partnership with a girl's high school
in Tanzania.

An expert on IT strategy and the challenges of driving change in a global business
environment, Anne earned her MBA and B.S. in Business Administration from the
Rochester Institute of Technology. An active member of the Women's Alliance, she
has been a speaker at several conferences supporting professional development of


Technology Woman of the Year is designed to recognize, celebrate, and make visible the achievements of women in high technology fields. Through this award, women who work in these professions are encouraged to stay in the Greater Rochester area, mentor young women, and contribute to the economic growth of the region. Technology Woman of the Year is awarded based on three evaluation criteria: sustained contributions to the technology profession, contributions advancing the status and opportunities for women in technology and contributions to the community. 


Photo 1: Anne Bell, 2014 Technology Woman of the Year

Photo 2: 2014 Technology Woman of the Year nominees & winner with Digital Rochester board & event organizers.

Left to Right: Cheryl Nelan, Dr. Julie Bentley, Briget Grbic, Sharon Lechon, Anne Bell, Dr. Melody Cofield, Myneco Ramirez, Gloria Hitchcock, Rhonda Vaccarro, Sue Rodeman, Laura Segave, Lisa Doerner

Photo Credit: Dani Crino Photography



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