[PROFILE] Searchlight: Shellye Archambeau (Tech)
Editor’s Note: Shellye was honored as a “2015 Game Changer” by theREGISTRYBayArea / Digital Diversity Network.
Overcoming Challenges to Get to the Top
Title/Position: CEO, MetricStream
Welcome back and we hope your 2015 is off to a great start. Over the holidays we had a chance to spend some time getting to know Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream. She has had a distinguished career as an executive and CEO and she shared some of her key lessons learned and thoughts about leadership and development.
How did you get into the world of technology?
Coming out of Wharton in the mid 1980s, PCs were the new technology wave. I wanted to be part of this high-growth industry that had the opportunity to disrupt so many aspects of business.
Who has been your most important professional mentor and why?
I have had many mentors during my career and each has helped me in different ways. I believe in adopting mentors to not only help you think through career choices, but more importantly, to help you do the job you currently have exceptionally well. Just about any job you have, someone else has done before you. Find those people and learn from them so you can succeed and position yourself well for the next opportunity.
What has been the most meaningful professional experience you’ve had and why?
I was promoted by IBM to VP and GM of their Asia Pacific public sector industry. It was close to a $2B business based in Japan, the regional HQ. This division was not performing well and my directive was to grow revenue. It was a significant challenge and learning opportunity working with many different business cultures, especially those that didn’t have women in leadership roles. I had to hone my skills of persuasion, communication, and leadership. Ultimately we were indeed able to grow revenue and achieve our targets.