Shannon Stubo, CMO and SVP, corporate communications, LinkedIn: Power List 2017

2017 rank: 20

As one of the most respected and connected PR pros in Silicon Valley, and one who made a jump into the world of marketing, which she admits was daunting, Shannon Stubo is a force of nature any company would want on their side.

Last year was particularly busy for Stubo in the run-up to LinkedIn’s acquisition by Microsoft in a $26 billion deal that closed in December, the largest in the Redmond-based tech behemoth’s history.

Famously wooed for the top comms position by LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner in 2010, Stubo navigated the professional networking site through its IPO in 2011, when shares doubled on its first day of trading.

Stubo admits she doesn’t miss the grind of quarterly financial results now that the networking site has been absorbed into a larger entity, and she is happy to have ceded this responsibility to Microsoft’s corporate VP of corporate comms, Frank Shaw.

In 2015, again on Weiner’s prompting, she took on additional CMO duties despite having a lot to learn about marketing. She now manages 440 people and is a role model for women in the Valley.

LinkedIn’s CEO will be keen to ensure Stubo is given continued opportunities to progress within his company’s new extended home at Microsoft.

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