Ashley Mayer: The Innovation 50

Senior communications director, Box

Ashley Mayer leads global communications for online storage startup Box, which is planning to go public by the end of this year. To prove its financial viability, the company recently revealed that it would remove file storage limits for business customers and also integrate its service with rival Microsoft’s Office 365. Mayer has overseen communications for such announcements and other business milestones since joining the company in 2009.

She started at Box as a community manager and subsequently worked her way up to head of the communications team. Previously, she was an account executive at Hill & Knowlton (now Hill+Knowlton Strategies), where her clients included Qualcomm, eBay, Chevron, and the US Marines.

Her aim now is to help show that Box is "not really building a storage company," as CEO Aaron Levie said at the Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado earlier this year. "We’re building a company that lets you do different things with your content." Those efforts have helped Box land big customers such as General Electric.

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