Top Product Leaders in 2020

Product School has selected the most influential product leaders responsible for building and helping others build digital products loved by millions

Michael Cerdà

VP of Product at Disney+

VP of Product at Disney+

Michael Cerdà

Michael Cerda, Vice President of Product at The Walt Disney Company, is currently working on building a streaming service for consumers to stream the best stories ever told. He loves to solve big problems and create delightful experiences.

Michael holds years of experience in Product. Prior to his current role, he was a Chief Product Officer at Goldman Sachs, Chief Experience Officer at Live Nation, Head of Media Products at Facebook, SVP Product and Technology at Vevo, and much more.

Michael builds and scales Product experiences and teams through major inflection points. Some products he worked on include the Apple Card, Facebook News, Stories, and Live features, Disney’s streaming app, and more.

Annie Jean-Baptiste

Head of Product Inclusion at Google

Head of Product Inclusion at Google

Annie Jean-Baptiste

Annie Jean-Baptiste is an author, founder of the Equity Army, and the Head of Product Inclusion at Google. She leads Product Inclusion strategy across the company, including consultation, communications, scale, and research.

Annie is passionate about making the web and Google’s products work for underserved communities, while ensuring that Google is a place where everyone shines for their differences.

Outside of Google, Annie is a former American Heart Association spokesperson, a One Young World ambassador and the Intrapreneur in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School. She has been covered across many magazines such as Vogue, Essence Magazine, Business Insider, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, and much more!

Daniel Chu

CPO at Waymo

CPO at Waymo

Daniel Chu

Daniel Chu is a Chief Product Officer at Waymo, overseeing Product Management, technical program management, user experience design, user experience research, and product data analytics. Prior to his current role, he was a Group Product Manager at Google. There, he managed a PM team overseeing the Google Maps Developer Platform (Maps API), Android/iOS apps (My Maps, Coordinate), and Maps ads monetization.

Daniel started out as a Product Manager for the Google Hangouts API which enables developers to build collaborative apps on the Hangouts video platform, Youtube integration into Hangouts, etc. He gained experience in Software Engineering working at Catapulse, a development tools startup funded by Benchmark Capital.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University, an MPA in Energy and Natural Resources from Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Scott Belsky

CPO at Adobe

CPO at Adobe

Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President for Creative Cloud. Scott oversees product and engineering for Creative Cloud, as well as design for Adobe. In 2006, Scott founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry to showcase and discover the creative world, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. After the acquisition, Scott helped reboot Adobe's mobile products and services for Creative Cloud while leading Behance. Behance now has over 25 million members.

Through his work as a founder and investor, Scott has become an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and teams. He is the author of two national bestselling books - Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle, and founded 99U, a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world.

Gyanda Sachdeva

VP of Product at LinkedIn

VP of Product at LinkedIn

Gyanda Sachdeva

Gyanda Sachdeva has been working at LinkedIn for more than ten years. She is currently VP of Product and heads Premium Subscription products, Commerce platform, and Marketplaces.

During her professional career at LinkedIn, Gyanda’s titles have included Director of Product Management and Group Product Manager. She has led product strategy, design, and execution for LinkedIn Sponsored Updates. She has also worked as a Product Manager for LinkedIn´s self-service advertising platform.

Before joining LinkedIn, Gyanda worked in the Financial Industry for top players like Merrill Lynch. She holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Science and a Master of Science, Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Rapha Cohen

CPO at Waze

CPO at Waze

Rapha Cohen

Rapha Cohen oversees the company’s product vision and execution, which is fundamental to Waze reinventing itself as a Mobility company.

Parisian born and bred, Rapha graduated in Electrical Engineering from Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), specializing in Digital Signal Processing and Information Theory. After starting his journey as an Algorithms Engineer for wireless communications systems, he co-founded a company in the algo-trading space that was subsequently acquired by a global finance player.

Rapha later ran Product for DesignArt Networks, a leading technology provider in the then-nascent 4G infrastructure market. The company was acquired by Qualcomm to lead its cellular infrastructure strategy, where Rapha owned the base stations product line. He then joined Google as Product Lead to launch Waze Carpool, before moving into his current role leading all Waze Product and UX efforts in 2018.

Eman Barhoumeh

VP of Product & GM at Lyft

VP of Product & GM at Lyft

Eman Barhoumeh

Eman Barhoumeh is a passionate leader innovating delightful customer experiences at the intersection of travel and fintech. She is currently the VP of Product and GM at Lyft, a ridesharing app matching drivers with passengers.

Prior to working at Lyft, Eman led a diverse team with more than 100 members in the US, EMEA, and Asia. There she negotiated one of the largest contracts in the travel insurance industry worth billions of dollars.

Eman has also worked for Microsoft as a Senior Product Manager and holds a degree in Computer Science and Graphic design from the University of Michigan.

Minal Mehta

Head of Product at YouTube

Head of Product at YouTube

Minal Mehta

Minal Mehta is an entrepreneurial, data-informed and user-focused Product Executive & lifelong learner / generalist. You'll often find her working on complex problems that require a multi-disciplinary approach. She enjoys the pivot - going from 0 to 1 or leading transformations. Over the past few years, she has developed a deep appreciation for marketplaces and “emerging” markets.

Minal is particularly motivated in mission-driven environments, especially those focused on creating an inclusive world. She is a big believer in the power of storytelling, and enjoys speaking about the Next Billion Users, Women in Tech, Careers in Tech and Product Management Best Practices.

Andrey Khusid

CEO at Miro

CEO at Miro

Andrey Khusid

Andrey Khusid is building the world's most popular online collaborative whiteboard platform. Currently, he’s the Founder and CEO of Miro, which he started almost 9 years ago and is growing at a rapid rate. Miro has over 9 million registered Product Managers, Project Managers, Agile Coaches, Developers, and other whiteboarding fans who use it for brainstorming & ideation, research & design, agile rituals and many more. They have more than 20,000 paying customers, including teams inside Netflix, Twitter, Skyscanner, Qlik, Upwork, Expedia, Spotify, eBay, Cisco, Sapient, Geometry, Unbounce, Autodesk, PwC, Deloitte, and others.
Prior to Miro, Andrey was the Founder of Vitamin Group, dedicated to digital technologies, graphic and product design, branding, video production, and multimedia projects.

Andrey’s educational background includes both a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management and a Master’s from the Higher School of Economics in Perm, Russia.

Tatyana Mamut

CPO at Nextdoor

CPO at Nextdoor

Tatyana Mamut

Tatyana Mamut is a result-oriented executive who has delivered outstanding products thanks to her abilities in creating effective teams and focusing on consumers. Her experience includes customer-driven innovation, design thinking and global branding. Tatyana is currently the Chief Product Officer at Nextdoor and a member of the Board of Directors at UserTesting and Braintrust.

With many years of experience working in the Product industry, Tayana has worked as Director of Product Management/ General Manager at Amazon Web Services where she co-led the creation of AWS Honeycode and led multiple Product Management teams. Additionally, Tatyana worked as Senior Director of Product Design/ UX and later Vice President of Product Experience, both at Salesforce. Tatyana received her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Amherst College and her Ph.D. in Economics and Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Matin Movassate

CEO at Heap

CEO at Heap

Matin Movassate

Matin Movassate is the CEO and Co-founder of Heap, a company that automates customer analytics for some of the largest online businesses in the world. Heap was born out of Matin’s experience with analytics as a Product Manager at Facebook, where he had access to the best analytics infrastructure in the world.

Matin began his career in Tech as a Software Engineer Intern at Mozilla and after 4 months became an Associate Product Manager Intern at Google. At Google, Matin launched new products and features, tested their performance, iterated, and developed innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems by collaborating as needed across regions, product areas, and functions. Matin’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics from Stanford University.

Yuhki Yamashita

VP of Product at Figma

VP of Product at Figma

Yuhki Yamashita

Yuhki Yamashita is the Vice President of Product at Figma. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Design of New Mobility at Uber where he led design for the team responsible for new mobility experiences.

Before Uber, Yuhki was a Product Manager at Google, responsible for YouTube on iOS and tablets. In addition, he was a Program Manager at Microsoft. Yuhki graduated with a B.A in Computer Science from Harvard University.

Hiten Shah

CEO at FYI

CEO at FYI

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah has started multiple software companies and is currently the Co-Founder of FYI and Co-Owner of Crazy Egg. FYI searches and organizes all your documents in one place and takes the stress out of documents so that you and your team can get work done and be happier. Crazy Egg is a heat mapping tool that designers, marketers, product people, and business owners use to improve the effectiveness of their websites.

Prior to his current ventures, Hiten was an Advisor at Quick Sprout, a SaaS company that builds software to help content creators increase their traffic and conversions. Early in his career, he Co Founded and was CEO of KISSmetrics, a SaaS web, and mobile analytics software company. Additionally, Hiten has been a Board Member at iSocket and an investor/advisor in 120+ companies.

Donna Romer

VP of Product at Spotify

VP of Product at Spotify

Donna Romer

Donna Romer is a VP of Product Development at Spotify, New York. She has previously worked as a VP of Product at IBM, where she led the core Watson API product team to the delivery of it’s AI capabilities, including a conversational chatbot platform, speech technologies, text analytics, searches and insights engine, and more.

Before these roles, Donna was the Chief Operating Officer, at JWPlayer.com a video tool company powering more than 2 million sites and streaming billions of videos each month. Responsible for managing Product, Engineering, and Marketing.

Earlier in her career, Donna founded and Co-founded several startups such as Handroll.tv, an HTML5 video platform, Yarn, an AI-based photo discovery platform, and Yieldbot, an advertising yield optimization platform. Additionally, Donna has expertise in AI, computer vision, machine learning, digital cameras, NLP, search, and ad tech.

Alex Shih

Product Leader at Slack

Product Leader at Slack

Alex Shih

Alex Shih is a Staff Product TPM at Slack. During his career, Alex has been able to contribute within multiple roles as a Project Manager, Systems Engineer, Business Instructor, and a Product Lead, supporting small enterprises as well as successful multinationals such as Google, Twitter, and Airbnb.

Alex’s entrepreneurial spirit eventually led him to co-found his own startup, Global Cycle Solutions, a social enterprise working to develop and disseminate affordable, quality technology for rural Tanzanian villagers. Having worked across a variety of domains, Alex’s work has taken him across the world to Tanzania, India, and Israel, ultimately to settle in the United States.

Mayank Yadav

Product Leader at Facebook

Product Leader at Facebook

Mayank Yadav

Mayank Yadav is a Product Manager with over eight years of experience building online marketplaces. He was one of the first five PMs at Uber, and has worked at eBay and Handy. Currently, he’s the Global Product Lead for Facebook’s marketplace’s Real Estate category, leading the strategy and execution of building an online global marketplace. Mayank recently took the Facebook real estate marketplace global, while creating a strong peer to peer ecosystem and a network of partners.

As one of the early Product Managers at Uber, Mayank led Uber’s riders web platform (riders.uber.com) and created it from scratch to provide a web platform for Uber riders. He began his Product Management career working at eBay, where he scaled eBay's trust and fraud products in the UK and Germany. Mayank has a Master of Science and Engineering from Columbia University in New York.

Mamuna Oyofo

VP of Product at Kickstarter

VP of Product at Kickstarter

Mamuna Oyofo

Mamuna Oyofo is a tech leading Product executive with a track record of building products that have scaled to millions of users. She is currently the SVP of Product, Design, and Engineering at Kickstarter, managing the product management, product design, brand design, and engineering teams.

Prior to her current role, Mamuna was Vice President of Product at SeamlessDocs and Vice President of Product Marketing and Design at Sony Music Entertainment. She has 9 years of experience in Product and has demonstrated the ability to work at the strategic level, generating bold and innovative ideas for growth, creating partnerships to generate results, and targeting opportunities in growth markets.

Joff Redfern

VP of Product at Atlassian

VP of Product at Atlassian

Joff Redfern

Joff Redfern is an entrepreneur and Product leader with years of experience. Currently, he is the VP of Product at Atlassian. Prior to this, he was an Advisor at Amplitude. Joff has also worked as VP of Product at LinkedIn, responsible for Linkedin’s mobile product through their hyper-growth years. He created award-winning apps for 6 mobile platforms and expanded products globally to cover 23+ languages. In addition, Joff was the VP of Product at Yahoo and played an instrumental part in growing the toolbar and search business and launching other products.

Joff is also the Co-Founder of Flattenme, an award-winning personalized line of children's products which were selected as a “top gift to give” on Oprah, Good Morning America, Today Show, The View, and more. Joff is always positive and has a can-do attitude and an unwillingness to accept anything except the absolute best for his customers.

Sharmeen Browarek

VP of Product at Twitch

VP of Product at Twitch

Sharmeen Browarek

Sharmeen Browarek is the current VP of Product and Engineering at Twitch, focusing on the Community Team. Sharmeen helps build thriving communities at Twitch by leading engineering, product, data and design. Prior to this, Sharmeen was Senior Product Engineer at Leeo, a sensor enabled safety net, where she guided the company through its first engineering and product development phases to a successful product launch in 2014 and was responsible for building it’s Quality Assurance processes that have identified, tracked and fixed more then 1,000 bugs.

She has experience leading technical teams and working in a global engineering & product organization and excels in cultivating inclusive work culture, empowering teams to do their best work, and building products their users love.

Jamie Davidson

VP of Product at Looker

VP of Product at Looker

Jamie Davidson

Jamie Davidson is VP of Product at Looker, a business intelligence software and big data analytics platform recently acquired by Google.

His quest in tech started as an intern at Google. Since then, Jamie has led the cross-functional team responsible for algorithmic discovery on YouTube, founded a venture-backed start-up bringing dynamic pricing to restaurants, ran the product team for HotelTonight focused on consumer app experience, hotel inventory management, and internal operations, and now has been involved in Looker’s acquisition by Google.

Jamie has a Bachelor of Science and Engineering, Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.

Jamal Eason

Product Leader at Google

Product Leader at Google

Jamal Eason

Jamal Eason is a Senior Product Manager at Google, where he launched Android Studio, the official app developer product from Google. Jamal started working in tech at Bon’App as Product Manager and Business Development Manager. There, he provided consulting services on Business Plan Development, Product Development for the web platform and on the iPhone & Android platforms, and created a marketing plan and associated collateral.

Later, Jamal moved to Intel Corporation as a Product Marketing Manager managing a strategic partnership around the Android platform in the Google Program Office where he managed over 30 products/platforms. Jamal’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from West Point, a Master of Science in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Jimena Almendares

Product Executive at Facebook

Product Executive at Facebook

Jimena Almendares

Jimena Almendares is a product executive at Facebook working on cross-functional projects as part of the Facebook App Leads team. Previously, she was the Vice President of Global Expansion at Intuit. She also led the Payments Business and the Quickbooks Money Movement Platform product team, while concurrently serving as CEO and President of Intuit Payments Inc. a subsidiary overseeing licensed money transmission activities for Mint and Quickbooks.

As OkCupid's Chief Product Officer, Jimena served as one of two C-level executives leading the company through its IPO as part of the Match Group (MTCH- $1.1B 2016 revenue), directly managing the product, design, front-end development, app development, marketing, and customer support teams.

Gibson Biddle

Former VP/CPO at Netflix/Chegg

Former VP/CPO at Netflix/Chegg

Gibson Biddle

Gibson Biddle is currently a professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford University and a Product adviser for multiple consumer tech companies including Reddit, Experticity, Life360 and more.
Gibson’s previous experience in the Product industry with Entertainment and Educational companies such as EA, Netflix, Chegg and The Learning Company allows him to share his expertise and help others achieve product success.

In 2005, Gibson Biddle joined Netflix as VP of Product, where he helped the company grow from 2M to 13M subscribers by focusing on optimizing customer and shareholder value. In 2010, he became Chief Product Officer of Chegg, a textbook rental company that went public in 2014 before he became an Advisor.

Vivek Bedi

Fmr CPO at Northwestern Mutual

Fmr CPO at Northwestern Mutual

Vivek Bedi

Vivek Bedi drove digital transformation through the design, development, and delivery of world-class digital products and features that enhance the client and advisor experience. This includes all digital aspects of Northwestern Mutual’s client experience, mobile, client website, and client services.

Bedi joined Northwestern Mutual in 2015 from Sterling Solutions, a provider of background-screening services, where he served as senior vice president of digital product and platform, focused on the company’s digital, mobile, web, and B2B applications. Prior to his role at Sterling, Bedi spent 13 years as senior vice president of digital consumer communications products at Goldman Sachs. Earlier in his career, Bedi founded a mobile startup that was acquired in 2006 by a leading international exchange company.

Dan Olsen

Product Consultant & Author

Product Consultant & Author

Dan Olsen

Dan Olsen is an entrepreneur, consultant, and Lean product expert. At Olsen Solutions, he works with companies to build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP of Product.

His clients include Facebook, Box, Microsoft, Medallia, and One Medical Group. Prior to consulting, Dan worked at Intuit, where he led the Quicken product team. He also led product management at social networking pioneer Friendster and was the co-founder and CEO of TechCrunch award winner YourVersion, a personalized news startup. Dan wrote the bestseller The Lean Product Playbook, published by Wiley, and organizes the Lean Product & Lean UX Silicon Valley Meetup.