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Margie Evashenk

Chief Development Executive at Emulex Corp.

20 Women, continued ...Published: March 01, 2012

Worst Job: Interning at a chemical company taking samples from
old 55-gallon drums filled with chemicals of unknown origin.
 
Margie Evashenk, who holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, straddles the line between technology and business. She joined Emulex in 2006 and is responsible for leading the development and support for the broad range of Emulex products while fostering innovation to ensure a competitive edge. Previously, Evashenk served as the senior vice president of engineering at Emulex. Evashenk leads a 650-person global engineering team to execute the company’s growth strategy.    
   
From 1992 to 2001, she drove the development of the industry’s first single-chip Fibre Channel (FC) controller while at Hewlett-Packard, which ultimately grew to be a $100 million-plus business. In 2001, she co-founded Sierra Logic, a startup that produced enterprise storage routers and bridges. She played a key role in leading Sierra Logic to profitability prior to its acquisition by Emulex in 2006.

Biggest challenge in 2012: Leading a diverse and geographically dispersed team through structural and adaptive changes.