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Joanna Shields

London, UK

Former Chief Executive Officer, Tech City UK (2013-14)

Former Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook in Europe, Middle East and Africa (2010-12)

Ranked #1 on the Wired 100 (2011)

Baroness Joanna Shields OBE is a world-leading business executive, entrepreneur and investor. She has spent the past 27 years building some of the world’s best-known technology companies, including Electronics for Imaging (Efi), RealNetworks, Google, Bebo, Aol and Facebook.

In 2013, British Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Joanna as CEO of Tech City, the UK Government’s investment group for technology start-ups. She left this role in 2014 to become a non-executive director at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). She continues to work for David Cameron as his Digital Advisor, and is also the UK’s Business Ambassador for Digital Industries.

For over a decade, Joanna has been a driving force in Europe’s Internet landscape. Between 2010-12 she was Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook in Europe, Middle East and Africa, prior to which she served as President of People Networks at Aol, a position she assumed after the acquisition of Bebo by Time Warner’s Aol unit. At Bebo, Joanna was CEO, leading the company’s growth to 50M users and eventual acquisition for $850 million. Prior to this position she worked for Google as Managing Director of Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa.

Joanna was ranked #1 on the Wired 100 in 2011 and #6 in the MediaGuardian 100 in 2012. In 2013 she was named to the list of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, named most Influential Woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly, and received the British Interactive Media Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Joanna was appointed OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for “services to digital industries and voluntary service to young people”.

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Our Comment

"Joanna’s remarkable career as seen her manage and transform small start ups into global tech powerhouses. Her appointment by David Cameron as CEO of Tech City stands as testament to her vision to transform the European Union into a start-up friendly region."

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