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Kristan Vingrys

Managing Director - Australia

As Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Australia, I work closely with our clients to achieve their ambitious missions through innovative technologies. I am passionate about creating empowered teams and cultivating an environment where diverse technologists can thrive.

I joined ThoughtWorks in 2006, after a number of years working with early internet and AI-based startups. I have been fortunate enough to play a variety of roles within the ThoughtWorks business, giving me hands-on experience in both software delivery and our business operations.

I was the first software tester to join ThoughtWorks Australia, and led our global testing practice, developing our testing consulting offering. I become the General Manager for Melbourne and Perth in 2010, learning more about leadership and building strong client relationships. As Chief Operating Officer for Australia, and later the UK - from 2013 to 2018, I adopted a modern leadership style, applying agile and lean thinking to build successful teams and thriving businesses in both countries.

The Interview

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States

The most interesting thing I've learned on the job is

Working with empowered teams means you will not always agree with the decisions they make - but they can often surprise you with their innovative solutions.