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If you see something, DO something.


When travelling in different cities around the world, you can find posters in public transportation areas encouraging us to report anything suspicious with this slogan: If you see something, say something. It’s a simple idea that leverages crowdsourcing to improve public safety.

I was thinking about the simplicity of this slogan and how, with a slight twist, it informs how we think at Hexagon. When we look at industries around the world and see things that are less than optimal, our response is: “When you see something, DO something.

The construction industry is a good example of this. PwC sponsored a report, Global Construction 2030, which forecasts that the volume of construction output will grow by 85% to $15.5 trillion worldwide by 2030, with three countries – China, U.S. and India – leading the way and accounting for 57% of all global growth.

The study shows average global construction growth of 3.9% annually to 2030, outpacing that of global GDP by over one percentage point, driven by developed countries recovering from economic instability and emerging countries continuing to industrialise. It’s an exciting time to be involved in this sector, and the future is filled with promise.

But when I take a close look at the construction industry, I see something suspicious. According to another study by McKinsey, this sector is underperforming.

We find that large projects typically take 20 per cent longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80 per cent over budget. Construction productivity has actually declined in some markets since the 1990s. Not surprisingly, it is among the least digitised industries in the world.

Think of it! The industry on which we depend for building the world’s infrastructure, office buildings, factories and plants that will meet the needs and demands of a growing population is one of the least efficient and productive.

At Hexagon, when we see an entire industry falling short of its potential, we DO something. The status quo – we call it the ‘what is’ – includes:

  • A sector slow to adopt process and technology innovation
  • Project planning that lacks coordination between the office and field
  • Inadequate or non-existent performance and quality management
  • Unsophisticated supply chain practices
  • A belief that IT investments have a poor ROI

Shaping smart change happens when Hexagon moves an industry from what is towards a state of what should be, empowering it to meet its full potential.

What should be for the construction industry is a smart digital construction site. This requires a solution that is simple to implement and integrate, lightweight and mobile, completely connected and easy to use by the entire workforce, from office to field.

Unlike most software companies, we have strong roots in reality capture sensors – sensors that capture an exact digital replica of the physical environment, as well as sensors that capture quality data about the work completed.

Our construction solutions integrate data feeds from sensors, create seamless workflows and make entire projects more efficient. They deliver a construction information management system that empowers executives with top-down visibility, control and management while connecting field-level workers seamlessly and simply to the day-to-day tasks.

Hexagon has leveraged the depth of its business portfolio to launch HxGN SMART Build, drawing on technologies and deep domain knowledge from multiple divisions. The net result is a synergy of software, hardware, talent and innovation that is DOING something about the construction industry.

Launched last year, SMART Build provides a simple-yet-powerful platform that is helping construction companies tackle their biggest challenges – lack of productivity, communication breakdowns poor quality control and project transparency. Our goal: the smart, digital construction site of the future.

At Hexagon, when we see something, we DO something, and that is shaping smart change.

Ola Rollén
President and CEO


The Shape of Progress


Hexagon is in the progress business.

This was my answer when someone recently asked me, “What business are you in?” It’s a fair question, one I’m asked frequently.

I could easily point the person to our website, where they will learn this:

Hexagon is a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

It’s an accurate response. It sounds big and important (it is) and succeeds in providing context at a high level, but it still leaves the inquisitor wanting more.

So I could go deeper. I could add, “Our big idea is shaping smart change.” I could go on for hours about how we do this, yet it still doesn’t adequately answer the original question clearly and concisely.

Or I could provide a long, detailed answer: We’re engaged in the manufacturing business. We’re engaged in the construction business. We’re engaged in surveying and public safety … I could cite many different industries and examples, but I don’t think any of those answers capture the heart of what business Hexagon is in, which brings me back to this:

We are in the progress business.

This is the way we see the world. We look at the people, businesses, projects and workflows of each and every Hexagon customer and ask, “What potential of this company or organization is still unmet today?”

We are a company that is an active leader in the big disruptive changes happening across the global business landscape, and they don’t come much bigger than the smart application of data, analytics, visualization, connectivity and automation to industries and organizations that span the globe.

Hexagon is both tasked and privileged to be doing business in a world that has never before seen such volatility – nor has it ever been confronted with so much latent opportunity to grow its potential.

We are comprised of an exceptional set of businesses around the world— each one feeding off a shared strength in information technologies and a shared commitment to empower our customers to achieve their full potential.

Together, we deploy a diverse suite of sensors, software and solutions that leverage enabling technologies and platforms – things like IoT, artificial intelligence, change detection and augmented reality – to drive productivity in industries where even the tiniest incremental efficiency can result in tremendous incremental gains.

We are leading a progress transformation that is already redefining our customers’ increased potential for growth, productivity, quality, safety and profitability.

This is the shape of progress. This is shaping smart change.


Kristin Christensen
Chief Marketing Officer


Where Digitisation Meets Transformation


INTERGEO, the world‘s largest trade fair in the field of geodesy, spatial data and land management, is this week, 11-13 October in Hamburg, Germany. Hexagon will once again be a part of this landmark event that covers the entire spectrum of processing, using and analysing geodata.

Digitisation, which touches upon all areas of our society, will once again be a key topic. At the heart of digitisation is data sharing, which inevitably leads to the argument of more vs. less.

The conundrum of more vs. less

Sometimes we don’t have enough data to put things into context. Sometimes all we have is data and lots of it, but it lacks meaning and relevance, so we’re not really sure what conclusions to draw from it.

We’ve all encountered this conundrum. We hire experts in both camps to advise us on how to take advantage of data to achieve greater productivity, better efficiency and the all-mighty higher profit.

In the ‘more’ camp, data is an inexhaustible resource. The more of it you have, the more you can see. And the bigger the picture, the greater the chances of informed decision making.

Yet, with too much data, we become overwhelmed. We enter into decision paralysis, and all the objectives we hired experts to help us achieve grind to a halt.

In the ‘less’ camp, data is simply a means to an end. Targeted and relevant to the answers we seek.

But with too little data, we miss essential details. We fail to prepare for all possibilities, taking on a much greater risk of wrong decisions.

So which is it? We build a bridge and we connect.

No more, no less – connected

More data or less data isn’t the question – connecting both big and small data is.

Consider that our first-generation laser scanning technology could only capture 800 points per second. Today, our latest reality capture technologies can capture 1 million points per second. That much more detail gives today’s professional a larger yet clearer picture of any project.

But still, we must zero in on specifics. Take our latest cloud-based solution for construction. It captures every minute detail on a construction site, turning those 1 million points into a progressive digital record of ground-up development. It then streamlines what’s captured to deliver what’s most important to every worker and decision maker involved in the site. Which means site progress and quality of work can be monitored closely and, more important, prompt course corrections when things don’t go as planned.

This is what we refer to as the feedback loop – a connected loop of free-flowing data and relevant information – that not only provides the big picture, but the complete picture … the whole story.

The whole story exposed

Doing the same thing as before, just better, is good, but rarely transformative.

By connecting all data – big, small, meaningful and relevant – into a digestible format aligned to processes and workflows, the whole story can be exposed. The whole story of a project. The whole story of a business. The whole story of an industry.

The whole story enables big changes. It favors leaps over gradual improvements. With the whole story, boundaries, borders and complexity can disappear. Automation can take centre stage. Information can flow freely. Autonomous, intelligent machines and systems can act independently of human control.

Digitisation is evolutionary. Digital transformation is revolutionary.  Here, the user, not the technology, is king.

Join us at INTERGEO, where we’ll shine a spotlight on our reality-capture technologies and solutions that are working to drive revolutionary change across the geospatial industry.

Helping organisations navigate through their digital transformation – that’s shaping smart change.


Celebrating the Dynamic Women of Hexagon


It all started with a passion for change.

As early as 1792, British writer Mary Wollstonecraft penned A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. The 1850s saw Barbara Bodichon campaigning for legal rights for women in Britain. In the U.S., 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City in 1908 demanding economic and political rights. Fast forward to 1910 at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, where Clara Zetkin successfully proposed an international annual holiday focused on women’s fight for equality and to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world.

Alina Kmiecik, product manager at Hexagon Geospatial, sums it up perfectly: “On International Women’s Day, we cannot forget the multiple roles we play every day. We are a colleague, friend, boss, fellow, leader, reviewer, mum, wife – all in one.”

Today, we celebrate some of the dynamic women within our organization, individuals who are passionate about change and have made countless contributions at Hexagon.

Karen Bachmeyer, Technical Director, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Karen BachmeyerKaren Bachmeyer joined Intergraph in 1986 as a software developer and quickly moved into development management, where she’s been leading software development teams and project implementations ever since. “When I was working as an industrial engineer, I really developed a knack for taking a big picture and breaking it down into specific pieces and steps,” says Bachmeyer. “And while my career field and knowledge base might have changed, this is still an important skill that I use to manage the creation and delivery of software products to customers.”

During her tenure, Bachmeyer worked on a number of products and projects in the utilities and communications space. But for her, seeing the technological evolution of Hexagon’s customers and the creation of solutions that address their biggest challenges has been the most rewarding.

When asked about how the roles of women in technology have evolved during her career, Bachmeyer simply states that they haven’t. But this sentiment is not intended to be critical of an industry dominated by men. In fact, Bachmeyer’s views are the opposite. She says during her time at Hexagon, women have always played strong and critical roles in product and project management, as well as software development.

As for any advice to young women considering or entering the computer science field, Bachmeyer adds, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. And don’t be afraid to answer questions or make suggestions when you see opportunities for solutions or improvements. Even if you’re not 100 percent sure you’re right, you shouldn’t be afraid to fail. Own your mistakes, learn from them and move on.”

Alina Kmiecik, Product Manager, Hexagon Geospatial

alinaAlina Kmiecik, Smart M.App product manager and chief product owner of Geospatial Server, joined Hexagon as part of Intergraph Poland in 2007. Kmiecik has taught computer science, served on standards committees and worked on projects and pre-sales as a software analyst, solution architect and as the technical leader of EMEA SDI Competence Center.

Throughout her diverse career, Kmiecik has been part of many successful projects that are making a difference for customers and the geospatial industry.

She’s excited about the recent release of the Smart M.App’s cloud-based GIS. “I’m curious to see what happens when people turn their ideas into reality by configuring Smart M.Apps,” she says. “It might be one of the most exciting journeys in the GIS world, which changes the game forever.”

On any given day, Kmiecik has a packed schedule of verifying backlogs, contacting stakeholders, performing quality checks on software and overseeing paperwork for each new release, but still has time to offer advice to the next generation of analysts and product managers. Always give 100 percent of your heart to the project or do not sign up for it; this is true for both private and professional life. Believe in genius or luck, but remember that it gives only 10 percent of success; the remainder is the hard work. Also, do not be a judge of your own ideas. Express them loudly and let others judge. You have to believe and trust people.”

Joyce Lee, Planning & Logistics Director, Leica Geosystems

Joyce2Joyce Lee has proven that mind over matter leads to success. After years with Leica Geosystems in Singapore, Lee suffered from a debilitating health issue that led her to take an extended leave of absence from the company. Upon her return, she successfully set up Leica Geosystems’ Distribution Centre in Singapore, a massive facility that coordinates with all of Asia. Lee says it was a tough undertaking, but she was determined to make it work.

Determination has been a key driving force in her career. She steadily climbed the Leica Geosystems ranks, starting out as a procurement engineer when the company was still named Leica Instruments Singapore.  After impressive work with the company for more than two decades, she recently was promoted to Planning and Logistics Director.

“I find it essential in my job to build strong relationships with all the suppliers to ensure their commitment in fulfilling our requirements,” she says.

When asked to give advice for women looking to break into the tech industry, she gently replies, “It is important to be hard working, have determination and possess a positive attitude towards learning. When you are on the job, one should never stop the learning process – it will ultimately lead to greater success.”

Anna Maria Izzi, Product Manager sCMM Product Line, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Anna_01A 31-year veteran of Hexagon with a degree in electronic engineering, Anna Maria Izzi has spent most of her professional life in product management, contributing to efforts to provide the market best-in-class stationary measuring systems, from the first horizontal measuring arms to a series of bridge CMMs. She remembers the GLOBAL CMM line launched in 2000 and still performing successfully in the market today, as well as the more recent TIGO SF and GLOBAL EVO.

But her best experience was back in the early 1990s when she was part of a small group that developed and launched an innovative automatic fixturing system. “Its name was Five, an acronym for Final Verification, but most people thought it was because of the development group was made up of five people.”

Izzi says the stationary CMMs arena is a tough market. The competition is becoming more and more aggressive and the challenge is to keep/increase market share while staying competitive. “We are trying to restructure our offering to focus more on customer needs and to create solutions aligned with industry trends,” she says. “This will be not an easy transition and it will require a lot of energy, but the change will also be very exciting!”

Although strides have been made for women in engineering, Izzi says it’s still difficult for women to carve out a technical career. “I can’t say women are discriminated against, it’s more a mentality factor. It’s slowly changing, but it will still take quite some time. I recently met a young woman engineer just hired from Q-DAS. She reminded me of me at her age, full of enthusiasm, determined and with her entire life in front of her. I told her that if she really wants to succeed, she will have to prove to be at least twice better than a male colleague. It may seem hard, but it can be done!”

As made clear by these accomplished women, passionate innovation is the driving force behind female empowerment, a force that will inspire generations of innovators to come- now that’s shaping smart change.


Veronica Miller
Digital Marketing Specialist
Hexagon AB

Contributing Authors: We thank Kate Bailey, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Geraldine Santos, Leica Geosystems, Jay Pongonis, Hexagon Geospatial, and Justin Dinger, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, for their contributions to this post. 


Creating an Environment to Foster Innovation


HCCI Moves into State-of-the-Art Facility 

As I look back on Hexagon Capability Center India’s (HCCI) nearly 30 years of delivering innovative products and outstanding customer support as one of the first IT companies in the city of Hyderabad, India, I can truly say that the journey of this dynamic organization has been a rich and rewarding experience.

Creative and ever-evolving capabilities have cemented our reputation as a world-class provider of information technology solutions and promoted tremendous organizational growth over the years. So to better support our expansion and better serve our customers and employees, HCCI is moving to a new state-of-the-art facility. Nestled in HITEC City, the IT hub of Hyderabad, this avant-garde facility was inaugurated today by members of Hexagon group management and local business leadership.

Hexagon’s philosophy of shaping smart change speaks to bridging the distance between “what is” and “what should be.” Among other things, engaged employees make that happen. And with today’s move into our new open and vibrant workplace, our employees are ready to do their part to realize this.

What makes us successful is happy talent. Studies show that employee excellence is linked to happiness in the workplace. Today’s move goes a long way in contributing to that. With scrum-enabled work areas and plenty of meeting and discussion rooms, as well as a gym, cafeteria and recreation areas, we are well equipped to attract and retain the generation Y workforce.

HCCI’s move into a smarter, more efficient workplace marks our commitment to increasing employee engagement and motivation. It stands as a testament to our commitment to our employees and  serves as the next exciting step of our journey.

Creating environments to foster innovation to develop technologies and solutions that help make the world a better place to live – that’s shaping smart change.    


Navaneet Mishra

Vice President & Country Manager
Hexagon Capability Center India



Becoming Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: A Promise to You


Embracing change can be difficult. At times, we are all guilty of staying in our comfort zones and sticking with the familiar. But embracing change can also be exciting – it is the way that we innovate and the way we progress. And I have to admit I am very excited about the rebrand of Hexagon Metrology to Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.

It might seem like a risk to make a change like this in a company that is already successful. Personally, I’d argue that it’s riskier to stand still. Our customers are dynamic – always looking for ways to improve and innovate, and it’s absolutely right that our business continues to move with them. Actually when you look back, our company history is made up of over 200 years of constant change, and this is just the latest exciting chapter.

For us, becoming Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is not about having a new name, a new logo, or even a new website. It is about what lies behind this new identity and what it is going to mean for our customers around the world.

There are many reasons why we feel now is the right time to change. We see Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence as a progression, the natural evolution of our brand and the direction the business has taken over the last few years. Our brand should reflect what we are able to offer to customers, and this is something that has changed a lot in recent times, through innovation and through acquisition.

The core competence of our company is dimensional metrology – using sensors to gather data. But in recent times our skillset has broadened. As we have continued to develop and improving our offering to customers, we have gathered expertise in new areas like statistical process control and CAD/CAM software. Although closely linked to metrology, these new capabilities take us beyond quality checking. They are about actively improving manufacturing and enabling customers to work in smarter ways. They are about productivity. They are about manufacturing intelligence.

Earlier this year we introduced the idea of sensing, thinking and acting – terms we use to represent our ability to gather, analyse and actively use data to improve manufacturing processes. Today, we have technologies that work in each of these three areas, and as we move forward as Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence we intend to work on connecting these technologies, closing the loop for manufacturers and enabling true data-driven manufacturing. We believe that quality assurance should no longer be a barrier to productivity. Through sensing, thinking and acting, we intend to build a world where quality drives productivity.

And so to return to what our brand means for customers. Our technology today focuses on active process improvement, giving real quality and productivity benefits – providing customers solutions, not problems. We enable manufacturers to work at the speed they need to, knowing that they can have confidence in their output. And this is our promise to you. Offering customers speed and confidence in manufacturing transformation – that’s shaping smart change.


Norbert Hanke
President, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence


What is. What should be.


When I began to write this, I wanted to somehow capture the essence of what Hexagon is about. What surprised me is that it required just five simple words.

Trust me, we have teams of some of the brightest and best people in the world who work tirelessly on things like our ‘value proposition,’ ‘brand positioning’ and ‘competitive advantage’ – all important for any leading global company like Hexagon – and yet, when you reduce it to what matters most, what is and what should be describe our world view perfectly.

I don’t think I’ll get any argument that the world today is not what it should be. While many enjoy the privilege of shelter, warmth, safety, food and water and employment, many still struggle to secure the basic necessities of life.

When I bring this up, sometimes I hear, “Ola, these problems aren’t going away any time soon,” to which I respond, “Why not?” The future of our world is there for us to shape … we are not helpless!

At Hexagon, when we look at what is, we immediately turn our gaze to what should be. The chasm we see between these two states we call ‘change.’ We will never get to what should be without change, so our constant endeavor is to narrow that distance by taking a proactive role in shaping change in the world. This is what we call shaping smart change.

We approach this shaping of change with a sense of urgency every day. I recently read an interview with Nobel laureate James Watson in which he said that he wants to find a cure for cancer in his lifetime. He was 82 years old at the time of the interview.

Watson’s argument rings true for all the global challenges we face: we are stewards of this inexhaustible resource – human ingenuity. We are applying that ingenuity to every challenge we face. At Hexagon, we bring together another seemingly inexhaustible resource, data … Big Data. We are fusing that data with knowledge, experience, creativity and the connectivity that our information technologies empower.

We see information technology not as a panacea, but as the accelerator that enables us to close that distance between what is and what should be with swift decisiveness and intelligence.

The future is there for us to shape.

Hexagon is inspired by this, to narrow the gap between what is and what should be. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be narrowing chasms and shaping smart change.

Ola Rollén


Paying Homage to Fixer Journalists and Hassan Ashwor: The Recipient of this Year’s Esteemed Martin Adler Prize


With so much aggression and conflict in the world, as individuals, we are often called to respond – to be courageous, selfless and willing to help our fellow man. Many answer this call through journalism, making it their civic duty to report on what is happening throughout the world in order to educate their fellow man and ignite change. In Dohuk, Iraq, there is an individual who has risen to the occasion, to make the world a better place for humanity. Hexagon is pleased to recognise Hassan Ashwor as the recipient of this year’s esteemed Martin Adler Prize.

Sponsored by Hexagon and presented by the Rory Peck Trust, the Martin Adler Prize acknowledges the bravery and commitment of freelancers who witness history first-hand, despite unpredictable conditions, to educate the public about stories that matter to the world.

Ashwor is a freelance fixer based in North Iraq. In this role, he assists visiting journalists and human rights investigators travelling in the region to investigate atrocities perpetrated by the extremist group ISIS.

Fixers are heavily relied upon by foreign correspondents. Their position is dangerous; they are targets who are often considered traitors working in tandem with the enemy. Even though fixers take enormous risks to help their foreign counterparts and routinely demonstrate remarkable bravery, their roles often go unrecognised by mainstream media. Fixers are at risk for kidnapping, extortion and murder by their own countrymen for assisting foreign correspondents. Fortunately, there are many journalists who truly appreciate the fixer’s dedication to their safety.

Filmmaker Ed Watts, who produced and directed the 2015 documentary “Escape from ISIS,” recalls how Ashwor protected him while they reported close to the frontline of ISIS. “He was tireless, courageous, indefatigable, and did it all without ever a word of complaint and always with a fantastic sense of humour. Those qualities allowed me – a foreigner – to gain access into the incredibly sensitive operations to rescue enslaved women and children from operations so secret even most Iraqis did not know about them. Together we captured extraordinary scenes of women and children being brought to freedom. None of it would have happened without Hassan.”

Ashwor is no stranger to the atrocities ISIS has committed – he and his family were displaced by an ISIS attack on the Sinjar Mountain in 2014. Three days later, after he had reached safety with his family, he boarded a helicopter with a New York Times journalist to report on the siege of Sinjar, he began his career as a fixer.

When he’s not working with foreign correspondents, Ashwor is working as a pharmacist with non‑government organisations that assist the thousands of displaced people living in Dohuk.

Hexagon is proud to sponsor the recognition of dedicated individuals like Hassan Ashwor, who embodies what it means to make a difference in today’s conflicted world. The accolade, to be presented by the Rory Peck Trust on 18 November, underscores the contributions of fixer journalists like Ashwor.

Fixer journalists – often unseen and unheard – go above and beyond to maintain the safety of others, even if it means putting their own lives in danger in order to enrich the world community as well as their own – that’s shaping smart change.


Kristin Christensen
Chief Marketing Officer


The Art of Information with the M.App of the Future


Our senses capture our experiences, shaping the elements of our environment through sights, sounds and distinct impressions. With all that is captured, we seek to provide clarity, structure and, ultimately, form so we may convey the information to others.

In the geospatial arena, the art of this form has traditionally been a map, largely two-dimensional, providing context for connections, and at times, attempting to illustrate an element of change. We can instantaneously look at the different light and dark patterns of square pixels and extrapolate an aircraft, car or shed.

We are so skilled at identifying patterns that we have invented different ways of looking at data to make those patterns more obvious. Pie charts, bar graphs, tables, matrices, histograms—all these convey meaning through different visualisation principles.

We need to creatively question the standard approach to displaying and interpreting information. This means taking a step back and allowing ourselves to process information from a fresh perspective.

I believe at times less apparent patterns exist, which helps us model the world better. Changing the lens can completely change the meaning that emerges from the data.

The M.App of the future may not be a map at all, but rather an app that creatively conveys the location-based information you need. As Hexagon Geospatial, we want to give you the flexibility to visualise your experience in different ways.

At HxGN LIVE in Hong Kong, we will launch a new form for envisioning, experiencing and communicating geographic information. The Hexagon Smart M.App is a dynamic experience, enabling you to design, develop and deliver online information services through the fusion of fresh content sources, 360° analytics, targeted workflows and meaningful visualisations. Join us as we celebrate the launch of the Hexagon Smart M.App, introduce game-changing applications from partners and extend a special invitation to create, innovate and experience the M.App of the future.

Providing a new perspective on the way we capture the world – that’s shaping smart change.

Mladen Stojic
President of Hexagon Geospatial



Kristin Christensen: Shaping Change Through Leadership


Kristin Christensen was recently appointed to Group Management of Hexagon as Chief Marketing Officer. I spoke to Kristin about her role and her experiences as a woman in the information technology industry.

KH: Describe your current role at Hexagon.

KC: Well, simple terms, I lead a very passionate, talented and creative bunch of people responsible for educating the market on who Hexagon is, what we have to offer, and why customers benefit from buying our solutions. We work to develop and execute marketing strategies that ultimately drive marketing’s contributions to revenue growth and positive, bottom-line impact.

KH: Can you briefly discuss your work background and the career path that led you to your current position?

KC: I’ve worked in marketing for technology companies for the majority of my career. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t always my plan. Marine biology and law were originally in my sights. But the right time, right place led me to my first job after college – a marketing role at a bank. But it didn’t take long for big rounds of mergers and acquisitions to guide me away from banking and to a technology start-up. The rest is history.

KH: What do you like most about working for Hexagon?

KC: Change. I find change exciting and necessary for staying one step ahead. It helps you avoid the complacency trap. Change keeps you on your toes and forces you to think smarter and work smarter. I also enjoy marketing what Hexagon has to offer. It’s exciting to be a part of something that’s shaping change in vital industries around the world – we have such great stories to tell.

KH: What do you find the most challenging?

KC: Work-life balance. It’s something I must constantly work to improve. I can’t help it that I love what I do. I’m thankful for it. But I also know that work is not my life. This one is a constant struggle for me to keep in check.

KH: What are some of the goals and objectives you have defined for the work you do at Hexagon?

KC: Well, there are far too many to get into here, but one of the most important that affects the progress and success of others is constantly challenging the status quo – building a culture that’s committed to positive change and open to taking calculated risks at the appropriate times.

KH: Many might say information technology, particularly Hexagon’s focus of geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, is still male-dominant. What changes have you seen or are seeing in the industry that are allowing women to take a more prominent role?

KC: In my opinion, taking on a more prominent role starts with playing by the rules while maintaining a sense of authenticity – regardless of industry. You need to seize opportunities and not be afraid to take risks or worry about what others might think of you. You must be patient and build trust over time, proving your value along the way if you want to effectively move the needle.

KH: What should companies like Hexagon be doing to bring more women to the forefront of their operations?

KC: Roughly 25% of Hexagon’s workforce is female, which I think is similar to other companies of our size that play in the same space. Obviously, anyone that wants to increase this percentage needs to focus on recruitment strategies. But personally I feel retaining female talent should be the primary focus, providing an environment where both male and female employees feel secure and are pushed to succeed, grow, and stay with the company.

KH: What inspires you?

KC: Lots of things inspire me. But something that inspires me most is music. It helps me think and it’s very therapeutic. I’m also very inspired by challenge and risk. I like new. I like change. I like starting something I have no idea how to finish or creating something out of nothing. Stories about people who overcome odds are both motivational and inspirational in my book.

KH: What advice would you give young girls who are now starting to think about life and careers?

KC: Anything is possible and nothing is out of bounds. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t know exactly what you want to do at first. Take the time to work for what you want but don’t be afraid to change your mind or alter your course at any time. Do what interests you – life’s too short to spend it doing something else.


Kim Henderson
Marketing Communications Manager

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