We at Unitas are extremely proud of Mary Ann Rose for her recent recognition as finalist of the PTC 2020 Member’s Choice Awards for Outstanding Female Executive. From the hundreds of applicants for this award, Mary Ann has been named to the shortlist alongside these amazing women:
- Dana Adams, Chief Operating Officer, AirTrunk
- Sara Baack, Chief Product Officer, Equinix
- Katrina Luna-Abelarde, President & CEO, PLDT Global
- Nadya Melic, Global Head of Connectivity & Platforms, Telstra
Providing quality access network service is difficult. Most providers offer cloud connectivity only within the data center, but most end users are at the edge. Mary Ann stood out because she understood that Unitas’ connectivity solution needed to connect end users at the edge to computing and applications in data centers. With the simplification of access connectivity and delivery of end-to-end services, Mary Ann’s team has built a fast lane of connectivity between users and data.
“Mary Ann was committed to bringing our companies together and enabling Flexential’s edge strategy,” commented Tim Parker, CTO, of our valued partner Flexential.
In addition to Mary Ann’s focus on enabling partner solutions with connectivity since she joined Unitas in 2017, she is focused on educating the market to change how enterprises buy connectivity.
“There was no other choice to fill the connectivity leadership position: Mary Ann had the vision, passion, and unrelenting work ethic to lead our team and engage partners in our new connectivity ecosystem,” states Patrick Shutt, CEO, Unitas Global.
We were able to speak with Mary Ann about her experience in telecom and her advice for women working in the industry.
What does it mean to you to be a finalist for this award? I am honored, humbled and thankful to be recognized. There are great people in this industry that I work alongside. It was a complete surprise.
What has been your experience as a female working in telecom? I have been very fortunate because I grew up with a trusted group of people that never looked at me as female—they always looked at me as the person that they could trust to complete the task and vision.
What advice to you have for other women in telecom? In tech? My advice to other women in telecom and tech is to be true to yourselves. We are in such a dynamic, evolving industry. It’s important to be the best that you can be and continually self-learn and be open to all the changes. We need to be open, listen, learn, and know that each day we did our best and controlled everything that we could.
That’s great advice! Is there anything else you’d like to add? The market today is less about competition and more about an ecosystem of companies working together to provide the best design and overall customer experience. Now more than ever, there is huge global demand with technology transformation. The more that we can support all women (and men) to collaborate versus compete, the more we will be set up for long-term success.
Final winners will be announced during the PTC award ceremony on Monday, January 20th at 5pm HST. More information about the awards can be found here. We wish all the finalists the best of luck! No matter the outcome, we are honored that Mary Ann has been named among this distinguished group of executives.