Mendix Appoints Lorraine Vargas Townsend as Company’s First Chief People Officer
Human Resources Veteran to Join 2019’s #1 Rated Cloud Computing Company to Work for as It Continues Its Hypergrowth
Mendix, a Siemens business and the global leader in low-code for the enterprise, announced that Lorraine Vargas Townsend is the company’s new Chief People Officer. In this role, Lorraine will lead people functions in the company already voted best place to work by employees for three years running and the top Cloud Computing Company to Work for in 2019, according to Glassdoor. Mendix was also named a February 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customer’s Choice for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service, is consistently named a “Leader” among low-code development platforms by Forrester, and was named a “Leader” in the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service” and the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms”, both for the second consecutive year.
Ms. Townsend joins Mendix from athenahealth where she served as SVP, global head of HR. While at athenahealth, she created and delivered a transformative HR strategy that encompassed all aspects of the employee life cycle. She focused on employee experience as the core of the HR organization, fostering a cultural transformation that connected business growth with the attainment of marketable skills for each employee’s unique career aspirations. Prior to athenahealth, Ms. Townsend worked at TE Connectivity, Schneider Electric, and Dell Inc.
“I am thrilled to welcome Lorraine to our executive team as our first chief people officer,” said Derek Roos, co-founder and CEO at Mendix. “We are on a tremendous growth trajectory, having added 200 people to our team in 2018, and are looking to add as many in 2019 and beyond. Lorraine will play an instrumental role in creating and executing a world-class talent strategy that underpins our growth ambitions and helps us maintain and disseminate our unique culture globally. I’m looking forward to working closely with Lorraine so that Mendix continues to be a great place to work and attract top talent to help make our customers even more successful and help build on our position as the leader in the low-code market.”
“In a perfect world of leading top employee talent, we create leaders and structures that unleash people to bring their passion and genius to their work,” said Ms. Townsend. “We can’t do that with over-engineered HR programs and processes that stifle the creativity and desire for accomplishment every team member covets. We do that by creating a culture where personal growth is well rewarded and where team achievement is celebrated across the organization. I am excited to bring this philosophy to Mendix and contribute to its already impressive culture.”