HelpSystems’ (now Fortra's) Joanna Leach Selected as Women in Business Honoree by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Posted on March 18, 2022 | Infrastructure and Data Protection

MINNEAPOLIS — 18 March, 2022 — Fortra today announced that Chief People Officer Joanna Leach has been named a 2022 Women in Business Honoree in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s annual Women in Business Awards. The award recognizes a select group of women for their outstanding professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the Twin Cities community. 

Joanna joined Fortra as Vice President of HR in 2015, becoming Chief People Officer in 2020. During her tenure, Joanna has supervised the hiring and onboarding of many new teammates, helping the company grow from 300 employees in four countries to 3,000 in more than 30 today. Throughout this period of record growth, Joanna has driven a unified organizational culture while also preserving key local customs and traditions for new geographies and offices. 

“Joanna ensures Fortra's cultural mindset is woven into the fabric of everyday life across all geographies and at all levels of the company,” said Kate Bolseth, CEO, Fortra. “She has successfully scaled the team and put development, promotion, and transfer programs in place to enable people to keep up with growth while safeguarding and evolving the positive culture we cherish.” 

Joanna is an executive partner on the company’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council. She also oversees the HelpBrigade, the global, volunteer-based company program focused on employee wellbeing across social, physical, financial, emotional, and intellectual pillars. 

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About Fortra 
Fortra is a software company focused on helping exceptional organizations secure and automate their operations. Our cybersecurity and automation software protects information and simplifies IT processes to give our customers peace of mind. We know security and IT transformation is a journey, not a destination. Let’s move forward. Learn more at 

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