Dr Shona L Brown Biography

Shona Brown joined Google’s executive team in 2003. She served in the capacity of SVP of Business Operations until 2011 when she transitioned to a role leading Google’s technology for social impact efforts, and in January of 2013 she moved into an advisory role with the company. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as a board member/advisor to a portfolio of technology start-ups including BetterWorks, Candor Inc, ClearStory Data, PaperlessPost, and Xperiel. In addition, she serves on the board of PepsiCo and Atlassian Inc. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations including The Bridgespan Group, The Nature Conservancy, The Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, Code for America, and The Exploratorium. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where her focus was working with technology companies on growth strategy and portfolio transformation. She is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada, an M.A. in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended as a Rhodes scholar), and a Ph.D. and postdoctoral degree from Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

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