2015 rank: 18
2014 rank: 18
By Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn
I first met Shannon over breakfast. We discussed the prospect of working at LinkedIn. It wasn’t a formal interview, and she wasn’t officially looking, but I knew almost immediately she was the right person to lead communications for LinkedIn.
In fact, I offered her the job well before the check arrived. There is an energy to Shannon that is at once both expert and familiar, and has been there since the first day we met. I strongly believe that the relationship between a CEO and the communications and marketing team is critical, and that begins by having a strong rapport with the person who runs the department.
Shannon has built a world-class communications function and, through her leadership, has played an integral role in developing LinkedIn into the brand it is today.
Her leadership is felt across the organization and extends well beyond communications; she’s a key adviser on all parts of the business. Shannon’s strong leadership skills are critical to the success of LinkedIn, our brand, and culture.