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Top 50 Women in Technology

Louise Phelan, Paypal

Theresia Gouw Ranzetta

Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations EMEA for PayPal, manages day-to-day global operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Owned by eBay, Paypal is the faster and safest way to transact payments online. The service enables individuals and businesses to send and receive payments online without sharing financial information. Louise is on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce of Ireland and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and in December 2012 was appointed as a non-executive director of Ryanair. She is a former student at the Dublin Institute of Technology and holds qualifications in Law and Economics. She is also the first woman to receive the Sir Michael Smurfit Business Achievement Award. Phelan received the award in recognition of the role she has played as a business leader during one of the most challenging economic downturns in Irish history. Prior to joining PayPal, Louise held a wide variety of Management and Leadership roles with GE Money and GE Global Consumer Finance. The Laois native joined PayPal in 2006 as Customer Solutions and Risk Director for the EU before being promoted to her current position in 2011.

Theresia Gouw Ranzetta is a partner at Silicon Valley heavyweight Accel Partners, a global venture and growth equity firm funding companies from inception through the growth stage and which has earned a reputation as one of technology’s top financiers. Theresia focuses primarily on internet and software investments with specific interest in social commerce, vertical media, security and consumer internet/mobile apps. Theresia was responsible for several Accel’s investments which have had successful acquisition or IPO exits including adECN (MSFT), CRS Retail Systems (EPIC), Interlace Systems (ORCL), Kosmix (WMT), PeopleSupport (PSPT), Xoopit (YHOO) and Zimbra (YHOO) and was part of the Walmart.com (WMT) investment team. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of several private companies. Prior to joining Accel Partners, she was founding Vice President of Business Development & Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that developed products to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company and a product manager at Silicon Graphics.

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