2024 Influential Mainframers

This month, Planet Mainframe celebrates influential mainframers nominated by the community. The field benefits from their efforts in making the mainframe what it is today and working towards the mainframe of tomorrow.

Today, we showcase a former executive director of SHARE who influenced many as a dedicated mentor. She supports and helps mentees navigate the sometimes-daunting mainframe industry.

Donna Hudi

Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development,
Phoenix Software International

El Segundo, California, USA

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With more than 30 years of financial service, technology, marketing, and executive management experience in asset management, software development, consulting, and non-profit industries, Donna significantly influences the community.

Before joining Phoenix Software as their Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development, she served as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for SHARE Association, the first and largest independent technology association user group. 

In this role, she championed the Mainframe industry and significantly promoted women in technology at SHARE. She also boosted SHARE’s international growth and encouraged diversity and inclusion within the volunteer ecosystem at SHARE. 

In addition to SHARE, she served in various leadership positions, providing a wide range of strategic, technology, operational, and marketing guidance and support. Donna has been involved with the Open Mainframe Project and has been a member of the OMP Marketing Committee since 2019 and currently serves as the Chair of that committee.

Donna remains inspired about the mainframe and its future. 

“I moved from the distributed world to the mainframe world in 2014. I was instantly embraced by the amazing folks that make up this community,” said Donna. “The brilliant, enthusiastic, and dedicated mainframers I am fortunate to be surrounded with inspire me daily to continue to learn as much as possible and work hard to pay it forward. The mainframe runs the world’s economy. Even after 60 years, the possibilities for the future of this platform are endless. I am excited at the opportunity to be involved in taking the mainframe into the next 60 years.”