Who's Who of Professional Women


Claudia Towne

Retired after more than 30 years of professional success, Claudia Ciacco Towne served as the director of information systems with Trafalgar Ghurka Ltd. from 1990 to 1999. After her retirement, she continued to work with the company as a consultant from 1999 to 2002. Looking back, in 1990, Ms. Towne was the director of information systems for L’Amy in Milford, Connecticut, before which she was the director of MIS Sterling Optical in Woodbury, New York. Moreover, from 1985 to 1989, she was the corporate director of MIS IPCO Corp. in White Plains, New York.

With expertise in software design, software development, programming, and project management, Ms. Towne parlayed her skills into a long and rewarding career. She embarked on her journey in 1966, working for Mergenthaler Linotype Company in Manhattan, New York, as a graphics systems analyst until 1968. Subsequently, she served as a systems analyst with the Service Bureau Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii, until 1971, when she became a systems and programming manager for Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP), a role she held until 1979. Further, Ms. Towne was an information systems manager for Berol USA, a stationery manufacturing company, until 1984. Committed to maintaining an active role in her community, she served on the board of directors for the Greater Danbury Area Junior Achievement from 1980 to 1983.

Preparing for her career, Ms. Towne attended Hunter College in New York, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. Two decades later, she continued her higher education at the University of Connecticut, obtaining a Master of Business Administration in 1986. Crediting her success to her exceptional ability and enthusiasm for self-directed professional and educational growth, she is proud to have seized the initiative to pioneer software development. Ms. Towne recognized the importance of a detail-oriented approach in this area, committing herself to mastering project management and establishing best practices. Among her achievements, she cites the development of several important systems at ADP as a career highlight, as her software solutions were pivotal in enabling the company to handle high volumes of complex trades.

Ms. Towne has reflected on her career with pride since embracing retirement. Having more leisure time, she most often enjoys boating and ballroom dancing.


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