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Coinstar, Inc. and Redbox IT Executive Carole McCluskey Wins the CityLIGHTS "Prominent Woman in Tech" Award
May 23, 2012
Annual Award Honors Women in the Chicago Technology Industry
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – May 17, 2012 – The Illinois Technology Association awarded Carole McCluskey, the corporate technology leader representing Redbox and its parent company Coinstar, Inc., the Prominent Woman in Tech Award at the 13th Annual CityLIGHTS Gala. McCluskey, an industry veteran of more than 25 years, was honored by a panel of industry, government, education and community notables for her dedication to fostering technical advancements among women.
An enterprise software veteran, McCluskey oversees all technical strategy and execution for Coinstar, Inc. and the Redbox line of business. Currently a mentor to more than 10 women within the industry, McCluskey founded the Coinstar, Inc. women’s leadership dinner series, an effort to advance women’s careers in a competitive and innovative field by giving them a forum to network and build their own personal brands.
“We are proud that Carole has been recognized for her outstanding achievements in career development for women,” said Scott Di Valerio, chief financial officer of Coinstar, Inc. “Carole is a dedicated professional who constantly advocates for the advancement of women in technology on both a personal and professional level, and we are thrilled to see her honored by ITA for her stellar work.”
Along with the leadership dinner series, CityLIGHTS also showcased McCluskey’s instrumental role in Coinstar's recruitment of strong women for technology roles. In tandem with HR, she works closely with Coinstar’s leadership team to identify and bolster development opportunities for women.
Redbox was also named as a finalist for the Lighthouse Award, which is presented to companies that, through sustained growth, national reputation and excellence in product and services, best represent the Chicago region's growing stature as home to quality information-technology companies.
About Coinstar, Inc.
Coinstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSTR) is a leading provider of automated retail solutions offering convenient services that make life easier for consumers and drive incremental traffic and revenue for retailers. The company’s core automated retail businesses include the well-known Redbox® self-service DVD and video game rental and Coinstar® self-service coin-counting brands. The company has approximately 36,800 DVD kiosks and 20,200 coin-counting kiosks in supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, financial institutions, convenience stores, and restaurants. For more information, visit www.coinstarinc.com.
Redbox Automated Retail, LLC offers new-release DVD, Blu-ray DiscTM and video game rentals through its network of conveniently located, self-service kiosks. Redbox has rented more than 2 billion discs and is available at approximately 36,800 kiosks across over 30,000 locations nationwide, including select McDonald’s restaurants, leading grocery, drug and convenience stores, select Walmart locations and Walgreens locations in select markets. For more information, visit redbox.com.
About the Illinois Technology Association
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is the driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry. Providing programs and services focused on business development, visibility and talent attraction, ITA accelerates the growth of member company’s businesses. ITA brings growth-stage industry companies together, leveraging the connections and experiences of the community to increase the overall success rate of the local industry. Championing the development and application of technologies and leveraging their transformative nature, ITA is an invaluable resource for growing companies. Contact the ITA at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow the discussion on Twitter at @itabuzz, and visit www.illinoistech.org to find out more about how ITA supports the growth of the local industry.