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TECHWORK 23: Tricia Mackechnie, HarbourVest

by Silvia Saccardi 4 April 2023

Tricia Mackechnie joined HarbourVest Partners in 2016 and serves as its chief technology officer. In this role, she leads the firm’s global information technology operations and strategic initiatives involving systems, security, infrastructure, application development, telecommunications and mobility.

In her former position at The Hartford, Mackechnie served as senior vice-president and CIO. There, she was responsible for operations and technology in support of annuity and group benefits businesses, as well as numerous enterprise IT functions.

Prior to that, Mackechnie was head of project management for US customer service at ING and held a variety of positions during a tenure at Accenture.

Mackechnie holds a BS in computer science from Northeastern University.

Since joining HarbourVest, Mackechnie developed the firm’s technology strategy and implementation roadmap to deliver business and technology capabilities, aligning the global business strategies and enabling growth.

In 2023, Mackechnie continues to lead the firm's technology department in support of the enterprise objectives: transforming and scaling the business through data-driven outcomes as HarbourVest Partners expands its global investment and cultural footprint. After completing a data and analytics strategy in 2021, the team has been working to position the organisation to leverage data in new ways while building a data ecosystem to support future needs. In addition, Mackechnie puts heavy emphasis on the information security and protection programme to ensure clients have confidence in the protected infrastructure.

Mackechnie's team’s tech stack currently includes a variety of technologies reinforcing the core functions of her department. She works with a number of strategic partners to enable the scale and benefits of a cloud-first strategy. Tech solutions include leveraging CRM capabilities and platforms to enable process automation across the firm. Over the course of the last five years, with significant investment in technology, the enterprise IT department has enabled business functions with numerous managed programmes and platforms.

Mackechnie is active in a number of networks and most importantly engages with her peers within the private equity business to both inform and learn from others to understand strategic trends, evolving technology platforms and ways in which others are transforming their organisations

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