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Shannon Maher

Former Engineering Director, Google

Shannon Maher has spent more than 30 years in the technology world, building and leading world-class engineering teams for major corporations and innovative startups across the globe. Shannon was most recently at Google, where he had world-wide responsibility for all Google mobile application development, and also served as Site Director/Engineering Director in London, Munich, Waterloo (Canada), Zurich and Moscow. He also led the Display Ads teams for Google in Seattle and Kirkland (WA, USA), launching next generation technologies for ads matching (DSP), demographic

inference, and world-wide media panels. Mr Maher left Google after 7 ½ years in Feb 2013.


Prior to Google Shannon’s positions included VP at AOL Mobile launching new mobile technologies, and GM of Wireless Services. In the startup world, his experience includes leading the engineering teams as SrVP at Tegic Communications (T9 text input) and as VP/Engineering at Optimas  orporation, as well as Research Director at Sierra Geophysics (INC 500 in the 1980s). He has been through three acquisitions of his companies and his career has crossed technical domains including not only mobile and ads, but also signal processing, geophysical inversion, image analysis and machine vision, embedded software, and even particle detection for high energy physics  experimentation at FermiLab.


Mr Maher received his BS in EE/CS at MIT, an MS in Geophysics at the University of Colorado, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is proudest, though, of his family, which includes his wife Cindy and daughters Erin (at Yale University) and Jamie (at Vassar College).