Shawn HarrisBoard Advisor, Light Line Delivery
Shawn is a global strategy and business development leader in the enterprise retail technology space. He helps retailers navigate the ever-changing retail landscape, providing thought leadership, pragmatic insights, and innovative solutions on issues pertaining to the implications of Artificial Intelligence for business strategy, customer experience, inventory visibility, and staff productivity. As the “tip of the spear” for customers, Shawn also drives product needs and prioritization, the “what” and “why,” back in to engineering.
Shawn led North American go to market launch for Zebra Technologies’ Robotics Automation business unit in North America, and Zebra’s AI powered sensor fusion platform SmartLens. Shawn’s passion rests in meeting the needs of customers; through integrating human-centered thinking, with brick-and-mortar and digital retail technology. Shawn has been involved with store systems, ecommerce, and order management technologies for 20 years, having held leadership positions in, or consulted to, numerous Tier -1 retailers including, TJX Companies, Staples, BJ’s, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Uniqlo (Fast Retailing). In addition, Shawn founded a luxury menswear brand, which was most known for designing and manufacturing high quality clothing for corporate executives, and professional athletes across the country. Shawn also founded Nyopoly, a retail technology startup that developed dynamic pricing technology.
Before retail, as VP of Product Management & Global Operations, Shawn helped to start e4eNet. e4eNet was a cloud-based enterprise platform that managed the design for manufacturing process for printed circuit boards (PCBs), e4eNet was sold to IBM. Before, e4Enet Shawn worked for IBM in several technical capacities.
Shawn keeps a keen eye on what is potentially next, by staying actively involved in the Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley startup communities. Shawn is currently an Angel Investor with TBD Angels and a Summer Venture Program Advisor at Babson College. Shawn has served as the program lead for the Startup Leadership Program, and has participated in and supported startup programs through XRC Labs, Techstars, MassChallenge, and New York Fashion Tech Lab. He is also a long-standing member of the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing (COER) out of HBS/Wharton.
For 8 years Shawn honorably served in the Army National Guard as an infantry soldier and armored personnel carrier (APC) driver. Shawn earned his MBA from Babson College, and bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Massachusetts.
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