Kathy Alexion, CIO at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, at the nonprofit’s annual holiday gala in 2018 with her husband Tim McDonald. (Fred Hutch Photo)
With a resume that includes Amazon, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Chase and others, Kathy Alexion confesses to being a “corporate soldier.” But her nearly three years at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have revealed an extra element of professional satisfaction.
“I like the corporate world,” Alexion said. “But there’s something special about being in a nonprofit, that you’re doing good things for humanity.”
When she arrived at the Fred Hutch, as it’s commonly known, all of the organization’s 40-plus years of digital records were stored onsite.
“We had a lot of technical debt cleanup to do,” Alexion said. She helped lead the push to shift half of their data to the cloud, a digital leap that should accelerate the Fred Hutch’s cancer research.
Kathy Alexion with her daugther Lucy McDonald and husband Tim McDonald. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Alexion)
In January, Alexion was promoted to chief information officer (CIO) and vice president of information technology. Her purview includes network and systems engineering, the Project Management Office, enterprise application services, information security and business operations.
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