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Internet Marketer


Web content development and management

• Created content-rich product websites and blogs, applying SEO techniques • Established a presence on Web 2.0 sites • Developed and managed Google PPC campaigns • Created video and email autoresponder campaigns


Sr. Program Manager

Altera Corp.

Corporate Marketing Managed multiple concurrent outbound marketing campaigns and new product launches. Led cross-functional teams from Product Marketing, Customer Marketing, Web Development, Online Marketing, PR, MarCom, and Tech Pubs. - Put process in place to prioritize and scope projects across all product lines

- Initiated campaign kick-offs to communicate objectives and planned tactics

- Developed process to ensure messaging was consistent across all media

- Coordinated launch dates and activities worldwide

- Managed Trade Shows and Events

Software Development • Managed Quartus II 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2 software Releases - Developed and managed detailed schedules for over 200 software engineers located in four sites worldwide. - Achieved predictable Release dates (every 6 months).

- Coordinated process for MRD and PRD development to finalize Release feature set and roadmap

- Worked with management team to anticipate and mitigate risks.

- Evolved existing project management processes and influenced adoption of best practices company-wide.


Program Manager - Localization

Portal Software

Program managed localized releases of Customer Management & Billing enterprise software for the telecommunications industry. • Managed localized releases. - Shipped Infranet 6.0.1 in 9 languages. - Performed bug scrubs and developed fix/find metrics. - Managed localization vendors, including costs. - Developed and tracked schedules using MS Project.

Sep 1997Oct 1999

Engineering Services Manager

Silicon Graphics

Managed Software Build & Release, Localization, Tech Pubs, and Program Management for the Windows NT Division. • Managed software build and release, localization, technical publications, and software program management. - Released software (O/S, drivers, applications) and documentation for Visual Workstation 320 and 540 products in 10 languages. - Drove software program schedules and communicated priorities among projects competing for resources. - Ensured compliance of software deliverables with Microsoft O/S (Windows NT) contracts.

Sep 1994Sep 1995

Contract Project Manager

Apple Inc.

PowerBook and Newton Product Divisions

Managed four projects with short-term needs to bridge critical resource shortages.

- Maintained forward momentum and progress. - Facilitated problem resolution.

Sep 1992Jul 1994

Project Management Trainer/Consultant

Ontara Corp.

• Developed and taught over 25 customized project management courses for Fortune 500 companies. - Devised commercial product development process for a government contractor.

Jul 1989Aug 1992

Project Manager

Apple Inc.

• Successfully managed cross-functional product development teams involving 24 local engineers and functional leads and 50 OEM engineers for StyleWriter Color Inkjet Printer and Color OneScanner. Managed development budgets of $3-5M and tooling budgets of $3-5M. - Shipped products on time, within budget, meeting performance goals. - Utilized combination of collaboration, consensus, and dialog to resolve conflicts and make decisions. Made decisions as required. Engineering Program Manager for Central Software • Managed software release for Performa series desktop computers. - Negotiated contract with software development vendor for the back-up and restore utility including milestones, deliverables, and payments.



University of Washington


University of Portland


Ami Dorrell

Chandra Spence

Chandra was a team member on many of the projects I managed in MarCom.

Dawn Dolan

I did some internet marketing projects for her.

David Mendel

Former Senior Director of Software Engineering

Tim Southgate

Former VP of Corporate Marketing at Altera.

Craig Leclair

Former Senior Director, Online Marketing



Contract Project Manager adept at managing cross-functional marketing and engineering teams on product development projects, new product launches and outbound marketing campaigns by improving communication, coordination and collaboration. Extensive experience in Project Management; Product, Partner, Software Engineering, and Process Management; New Product Development. Excellent communication and presentation skills with all levels of the organization, including senior management, stakeholders, international sites, clients and partners

  • Organizing: teams, status meetings, schedules
  • Planning: schedules, milestones, timelines, project scope, project deliverables, Project Plans, process, implementation methods
  • SDLC: Software Development lifecycle from Requirements to Maintenance, Concept to Release
  • Budgets: development, tracking & summary roll-ups
  • Tracking: schedules, deliverables, action items
  • Facilitation of status meetings: agendas, meeting minutes, decisions, assigning action items
  • Written & verbal status reports
  • Prioritizing: issues, communications, projects
  • Negotiation, consensus building
  • Conflict & issue resolution: make recommendations when necessary
  • Risk management & mitigation: anticipate, identify & resolve problems
  • Team player & leading high-performance teams
  • Proactive: take initiative to produce results
  • Accountability: projects achieve goals for cost, schedule & performance
  • Microsoft Office Suite including MS Project, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint PPT
  • Achieving progress and gaining forward momentum quickly


Leadership: lead by example, mentoring, coaching, teaching, consulting, training

My passion is team-building... improving morale and increasing productivity to achieve maximum success.


From my recommendations on LinkedIn:

“Kathy is hands-down one of the best project/program managers I have worked with in the last 10 years. Kathy is well versed in the principles of project management. Her no-nonsense yet smooth approach, kept all of her projects running smoothly. When any project issues arose, she was very calm and quickly resolved them. I strongly recommend Kathy Hargis.” November 1, 2009

Jordon Inkeles, Sr. Marketing Manager, Alteraworked directly with Kathy at Altera Corp.

“Kathy successfullly managed the product launch of the Stratix II GX FPGA. She was on top of aligning resources to projects, tracking detailed tasks, communicating status regularly and keeping the team focused and on schedule. Her friendly personality, positive attitude and energy created a teamwork atmosphere that enabled us to exceed our launch goals. Thanks Kathy!” October 6, 2009

Joel Martinez, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Alteraworked with Kathy at Altera Corp.

“I worked with Kathy on 3 software releases at Altera. She was the engineering project manager and acted as the perfect bridge between engineering and marketing. All 3 software releases were of excellent quality and were released on schedule. Kathy has the right level of technical understanding together with business knowledge to manage cross-functional teams. she has excellent conflict resolution skills, strong drive and is a pleasure to work with.” October 13, 2009

Phil Simpson, Sr. Manager, Alteraworked with Kathy at Altera Corp.

“I worked with Kathy on many projects and campaigns at Altera, and always was impressed with her ability to understand both the technical and marketing aspects of programs. She is extremely well organized and a clear communcator as well, which is often rare with program management. Any company would benefit from having Kathy on board.” October 3, 2009

Chandra Spence Gottmann, Senior Graphic Designer, Alteraworked with Kathy at Altera Corp.

“Kathy knows how to get projects completed on time and in budget without damaging egos. Working with Kathy we knew she would find a way to juggle components as needed to keep the project on schedule. If one component was going to take longer than expected, she would find another that took less time and move it up in the process. Kathy is a highly dependable program manager, and a joy to work with as well.” September 29, 2009

Russ Louthian, Online Communications Editor, Alteraworked with Kathy at Altera Corp.