"I'm probably going to take it apart or break it"
Francis Shanahan
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Head of Eng @ Nike SNKRS,

formerly SVP of Engineering @ Audible.com

"...a player-coach, building teams and shipping software."


In 2019 I left Amazon to join Nike where I lead the SNKRS engineering team right here in New York. We build community around the sneaker culture and provide millions of obsessed customers access to high-heat shoes every week. World-wide. Trust me you have not seen engagement like the SNKRS community. Think Black-Friday sized events multiple times a day. That brings with it some really interesting engineering challenges. Nike is on an amazing trajectory transforming into a direct-to-consumer digital business and SNKRS is leading that charge.


I spent almost 8 years at Amazon/Audible where I created and led the Core Engineering group among other things. We set the technical direction for the company and built many of the core systems that power the business and are still in production today. For example I designed the streaming platform for Audible that's used everywhere, including the Amazon Echo. Audible/Amazon taught me a lot and I'm grateful for all the amazing and talented people I got to work with and learn from.

Extra Curricular

You can't restrict curiosity to 9-5 so there's always some side project going on. In 2007 I wrote a book on Web Services and I've had a bunch of patents issued over the years (e.g. http://bit.ly/lPraUm). I also sit on the advisory board of The NYC Media Lab. In April 2016 we held our first public Hackathon event for Audible at Civic Hall. It was a huge success, checkout the highlight reel.

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Francis Shanahan

SVP of Engineering