Jonny LeRoy

Head of Technology, North America

As Head of Technology in North America, Jonny is responsible for championing and progressing ThoughtWorks’ brand as an outstanding technology organization for its clients, employees and the industry at large.

Jonny is tasked with expanding the surface area of new technology offerings and capabilities that ThoughtWorks can bring to the market, while maintaining and progressing the culture and craft that lies at the company’s core. He championed the introduction of Mobile and IoT capabilities into the business, and is currently shepherding the embedding of security thinking and practices into the software delivery culture. He is a vociferous participant in framing and progressing ThoughtWorks’ technology strategy, with particular focus on ensuring that the wider societal consequences of technological progress are factored in.

He is a technology generalist with expertise in helping organizations become more effective at using software to their strategic advantage. He has advised clients across many sectors on architecture, delivery, collaboration, innovation, and organizational design. He started as a software developer, but during his 13 years at ThoughtWorks he has played delivery, advisory, commercial, and operational roles.

Prior to ThoughtWorks Jonny was a founder and CTO of a successful UK start-up. He is a self-taught technologist and brings a diverse intellectual background having studied ancient languages and philosophy at university followed up with training as a lawyer.

The Interview

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

UK, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Brazil, Ecuador, Spain

One of the most interesting stories I recall from my time at ThoughtWorks was when

I went from riding a bike across San Francisco one evening in 2014 with a leading technologist from the EFF, picking his brains on cryptocurrencies and how they could be used to reshape society, to the very next day flying off to meet with an executive from a major credit card company to discuss the future of digital payments and how they might use cryptocurrencies. It's a privilege to work in a company that sits at the intersection of social activism and business, constantly looking to share the best thinking between these realms. 

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

Basically I triangulated in on ThoughtWorks. It was sometime in 2003 and I came across them in three different ways: first I saw "com.thoughtworks.xstream" in the header of some Open Source code I was using; second someone suggested that CruiseControl might be a solution to our messed up spaghetti build processes; finally I heard of a friend applying to ThoughtWorks and that third mention was what tipped me over the edge into applying.