Caryn Marooney, VP, communications, Facebook: Power List 2017

2017 rank: 11

Leading communications at a company that prides itself on moving fast and breaking things would give many PR pros sleepless nights. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

But even during crises, Caryn leans into proactive initiatives, not just reacting to events. Her talent, commitment, and professionalism have given her a Silicon Valley brand as well as a great reputation.

People who have worked closely with her — everyone from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff to our own Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — experience something else: an unbounded enthusiasm for technology and flawless execution when it counts.

Caryn is more than just a safe pair of hands. Her ability to articulate and explain why we communicate the way we do and to persuasively enlist business partners as enthusiastic allies is key to her success. The media respect her — and they should.

Caryn is as committed to people development as Facebook’s reputational success. She pushes accountability and ownership deeper to ensure people learn and grow.

She holds herself to the same high standard and inspires loyalty and selflessness. She’s unafraid to share what she’s learned and is as generous a mentor to recent grads as to founders young and old. In an organization that’s always learning, Caryn is a great teacher.

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