2014 rank: 18
2013 rank: 21
By Luanne Calvert, VP and CMO, Virgin America
I met Shannon at Yahoo when the world was still learning what a search engine could be.
That was when I first felt the "Shannon surge," a cocktail of exuberance, vitality, positivity, and smarts hitting you all at once. She is a wunderkind who can do anything she sets her mind to, but still have fun doing it. She also has a scary good memory – and an amazing ability to focus.
I had never seen an individual complete the work of a small team in one morning. I once quizzed her on my license plate during her Oscar viewing party and I can confirm she has a photographic memory.
Shannon has always been wise beyond her years during a stellar career at companies such as Yahoo, eBay, and Open Table. Now she’s running corporate comms at one of the world’s most disruptive companies: LinkedIn.
Most of all, she is a great colleague and friend who genuinely cares about the organization’s mission and people around her. Shannon never forgets an anniversary or a birthday and she’s always there when you need her for emergency advice. And she takes time with colleagues at every level to provide guidance or feedback, no matter how crazy her schedule.
On top of it all, Shannon has a wry sense of humor and infectious energy that makes work fun – or bearable when the going gets tough. In fact, my only criticism is she has been a bit harsh on my laugh lines.