Joanna Shields OBE is an American-British business executive, entrepreneur and investor. She is currently Chair of Tech City UK and the UK's Ambassador for Digital Industries. Shields spent the past 27 years building some of the world's best-known technology companies, including Google, Bebo, Aol and Facebook. She is a dual US/UK citizen, having relocated from Silicon Valley to London in 2000.
Before taking up her current post at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron she was Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Facebook 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, Shields was CEO, leading the company's growth to 50M users and eventual acquisition for $850 million. Prior to this position she served as Managing Director for Google Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa.
Shields was ranked #1 on the Wired 100 in 2011 and #6 in the MediaGuardian 100 in 2012. In February 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. In July 2013 Computer Weekly named Shields the Most Influential Woman in UK IT. In July 2013 she received the British Interactive Media Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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