Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D.

CTO & SVP of Technology, BMC Software

Inducted in 2017

Elizabeth Xu drives technology as the Chief Technology Officer/Chief Architect and Senior Vice President of Technology at BMC Software. Responsible for BMC’s Central Technology Organization, she is a seasoned business and technical leader with over 20 years of experience in software-as-a-service, big data, and mobile enterprise software. Before joining BMC, Dr. Xu was group vice president of product engineering at Acxiom. She had also served SVP of product development at Rearden Commerce, a partner at Business Innovation Services, and SVP of product development at Vitria Technology. Dr. Xu’s career also includes several years at IBM developing the IBM Content Management Suite and DB2.

A teacher, author, and mentor as well, Dr. Xu teaches “Ten Steps to a Successful Career” for Stanford Continuing Studies, and co-authored “Myths of the Promotion: 10 Steps to a Successful Career.” She holds one patent and has won several awards for leadership and community service. She was chosen for Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and is the recipient of 10 Stevie Awards for achievement in business.

Dr. Xu serves as an advisor and board member for several organizations, including the National Asian Association SF and the Be The Change Foundation. She founded the Successful Women Acceleration Network (SWAN) and is a founding member of the Corporate Executive Initiative. Dr. Xu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Space Physics, two Master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, and has completed the Executive Education Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.