Maria Azua is the Senior Vice President of Distributed Hosting at Fidelity Investments. Prior to joining Fidelity, Azua served as a Managing Director of Global Infrastructure Engineering at Barclays Bank, focused on IT strategy, design, and solutions. Previously, she spent more than two decades at IBM progressing from engineering contributor to multiple officer level roles leading Cloud, Big Data, and Mobile innovation, revenue growth, and operations efficiency. In addition, Maria is a Digital Advisor providing technology acquisition value due diligence, engineering thought leadership, and talent assessment to boards, CEOs, and venture funds. She is the published author of The Social Factor about igniting the creative process; developed 50 patents on a variety of Software solutions, and a recipient of technical leadership awards from sources such as People Magazine, the Women in Technology Hall of Fame, and the Governor of New York. She has a Doctorate in Computing Science, an MBA, a Master's in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Physics.