Shannon (Stubo) BraytonSan Francisco Bay Area, United States
I have more than 25 years of experience leading teams and shaping corporate narratives for some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive brands. I am currently a partner and the Chief Marketing Officer at Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that funds consumer, enterprise, and healthcare startups. My team and I work closely with portfolio companies on their marketing strategies and brand communications. Previously, I was the Chief Marketing Officer of LinkedIn, where I spent close to a decade. I am a member of the Boards of Directors of Vidyard (since 2017) and Quizlet (since 2020). I am also an advisor to several companies and an active angel investor. I pride myself on being a strong operational executive and a world-class manager and leader.

I was named one of the world’s most influential CMOs for three consecutive years by Forbes Magazine, and I was described by PRWeek in 2017 as “a force of nature any company would want on their side.” I get infinite satisfaction from regularly mentoring marketing and communications professionals throughout all stages of their careers. Also as part of my role at LinkedIn, I had the privilege of interviewing a variety of luminaries, including Richard Branson, Chelsea Clinton, Reed Hastings, Reid Hoffman and Michelle Obama, on large stages.

I live in Burlingame, Calif. with my husband and two children. My hobbies include reading the news, traveling with my family, and doing the New York Times crossword each day.
Partner and Chief Marketing Officer
Bessemer Venture Partners
May 2021 - Current
Board Member
Aug 2020 - Current
Board Member
Feb 2017 - Current
Advisory Board Member
Him For Her
Oct 2018 - Current
Investor | Advisor | Limited Partner
Various Companies
Aug 2015 - Current
Since 2013, I have been involved as an investor and advisor in more than 30 companies, including Nextdoor, NerdWallet, Fuel50, Notion, VSCO, ChartHop, Cameo, Gem and Trala. I am most happy and most useful as an investor if I am also able to directly support and invest in the founding team. I'm also a Limited Partner in a variety of funds, including Ride Ventures, 01 Advisors and Scribble Ventures.
Board Member
Oct 2019 - May 2021
Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President
Apr 2015 - Jan 2020
I lead a team of 700+ professionals around the world who covered all aspects of integrated marketing and communications, including product marketing, market research, brand, employee communications, social impact, demand generation, and events.
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Sep 2010 - Apr 2015
I was responsible for leading the company's global corporate communications program and a high-performing team of talented communications professionals in 12 offices around the world. My purview included global external communications, internal communications, media relations, social impact, social media and community relations. My team and I also drove the communications strategies for the company's successful IPO in May 2011. LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft in December 2016.
Member Board Of Directors
Feb 2015 - Jan 2020
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Sep 2008 - Sep 2010
Developed and oversaw the company’s global communications strategies; Responsible for the management of all IPO-related communications, including development of the roadshow deck and the media relations strategy; Ran the company’s investor relations program; Built and executed the company’s annual consumer and trade PR programs; Prepared internal and external presentations for company executives; Assisted with employee communications program for CEO and CFO; Partnered extensively with marketing counterparts on campaigns; Was the first in-house PR and IR person at OpenTable.
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Dec 2006 - May 2008
Reported to President and CEO; Oversaw the global communications strategies for eBay Inc.; Maintained the company’s positive image and reputation internationally through skillful handling of corporate and crisis situations; Provided counsel to the CEO, extended executive team, country managers and other department heads on communications strategies, messaging and issues management for both internal and external audiences; Created crisis plans and rapid response messaging to deal with global issues; Worked closely with the CFO and Investor Relations team on key financial announcements and events, including quarterly earnings announcements and all M&A activity; Provided oversight to a team of nearly 100 communications professionals around the world; Received 90% positive score on Upward Feedback management review.
Director, Corporate Communications, Europe
Mar 2005 - Dec 2006
Located in Bern, Switerzland. Developed and directed the internal and external communications strategies for eBay in Europe at both regional and local levels; Provided leadership to a team of more than 30 communications professionals and 14 agencies in 12 countries, including Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom; Regularly provided guidance and counsel to senior-level executives on internal and external communications; Acted as the international liaison between eBay headquarters in California and Europe; Worked closely with government relations on external communications with policymakers and other key influencers; Coordinated consistent messaging across 12 countries on specific areas of focus; Integrated eBay acquisitions and subsidiaries into existing communications structure and develop new plans as appropriate; Drove global best practice-sharing; Received 100% positive score on Upward Feedback management review.
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Oct 2001 - Mar 2005
Developed, implemented and oversaw annual communications consumer plans for 17 key eBay categories, including eBay Motors, Fashion, Home & Garden and Electronics; Created and executed successful, measurable consumer marketing and PR programs resulting in nearly 300 million media impressions per quarter; Built and maintained relationships with key editors, analysts and industry influencers; Provided strategic counsel and insights to company executives on various issues; Managed and mentored team of three PR professionals; Prepared internal and external presentations for company executives.
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Sep 2000 - Oct 2001
Manager, Corporate Communications
Sep 1998 - Sep 2000
Public Relations Specialist
Sep 1996 - Sep 1998
Public Relations Associate
Sep 1994 - Sep 1996
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