The Michigan Council of Women in Technology today announced that Donna Cheesebrough has been appointed president.  Cheesebrough, process information officer of global business services for General Motors, replaces Marcy Klevorn, global director of IT operations at Ford Motor Co. Klevorn served as president since 2008 and will remain on the MCWT advisory board. 

“Under Marcy’s leadership, MCWT has become stronger than ever,” said Cheesebrough. “In 2010, our generous partners helped us hit our $1 million fundraising goal. This support, along with our dedicated volunteers, will help us continue the momentum with effective programs and events that help women consider, advance and stay in the IT field.”

Trends continue to show opportunity in information technology, and it remains one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. 

“This is the perfect time for girls and women to contribute to Michigan’s technology economy,” added Cheesebrough.

Cheesebrough is a proven IT executive with more than 25 years of experience leading IT initiatives in the manufacturing, financial services and retail industries. During her career, she has held various positions at the CIT Group (Newcourt Financial Services and AT&T Capital), Honeywell Inc., Ernst & Young and U.S. Shoe Corp. Prior to joining GM, she served as vice president and CIO for GMAC North American Auto Finance/Insurance.

In her current role, Cheesebrough provides technology vision and leadership for developing, implementing and sustaining IT systems for GM’s global finance, human resources, communications, legal and public policy teams. She earned both  bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management information systems from the University of South Florida.

“I’m honored to have been a part of the change MCWT is enacting in Michigan,” said Klevorn. “I am especially proud of the young girls I have met each year at our summer technology camp and scholarship and laptop awards ceremony; they are the future of women in IT. Talking with them and seeing firsthand what they are capable of reinforces how important the MCWT mission is within our communities.”

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