Elona was recognised in the working women’s Oscars for her dedication and tenacity.
The Thames Valley region award follows IRIS‘s recent acquisitions of Star Computers and Taxfiler and the buyout by Hg Capital and ICG. Elona was instrumental in the recent sale of the business, which was the UK’s largest ever and Europe’s third largest ever private equity led software buyout, representing an enterprise value of £1.3bn.
Approach to leadership
Elona has a refreshing approach to leadership. “I like to lead by example and earn my stripes,” she says. “I believe that great leaders should be humble. There are always ways to improve and I learn from both my peers and my team. My motto is, ‘It’s more important to get it right, than be right’.”
The accounting software group boss grew up in Albania and came to the UK when she was just 16 on a scholarship programme. Elona balances her career and family, raising two boys aged two and six.
As well as a highly demanding job, she finds time to enjoy as much as possible with her children, whether it is attending school activities or spending the weekend bargain hunting with them for Thomas the Tank Engine sets at car boot sales.
Strive to do the right thing
Kevin Dady, CEO of IRIS says, “We all strive to do the right thing, and do it well. The passion across the business to create products and environments that customers and staff love, is at the heart of all we do. Elona’s award is inspiring for us all and testament to her approach throughout her career. We are all very proud of her achievement.”
Having started her career at Arthur Andersen and then Deloitte, Elona’s previous roles include SVP chief of staff for Mavenir and VP of commercial finance for Xura and Acision.
She was nominated by recruitment groups Rapid and Firefly The Venus Awards were set up in in 2009 by Tara Howard in response to the lack of recognition of women in business. Now spanning eight UK regions, the awards recognise the dedication, effort and skill in juggling business and other commitments.