Shawn Johnson

Former GVP Product & Design
Formerly Discovery+ | NBCU | Microsoft

Designing & Delivering Products at the Speed of Change

Case Study Conference Speaker
Workshop Instructor
April 27, 2023

We have all been there before. We have our processes, methods, and mechanisms in place for how to design and deliver products people love. But what happens when all of that is thrown out the window? When you are asked to deliver in half the time, with a quarter the the team size required, and across 15 different devices and platforms on day one into a highly competitive and saturated market?

We have all heard the term "building the plane while flying it", but few leaders are equipped for the type of tools required for the tightropes and trapezes you will embark on. This was the task at hand when developing and launching Discovery+ to 25 million subscribers, across 13 countries and 12 languages.

In this talk, Shawn will discuss what you need to do to survive take-off, a trip around the sun, and bringing everyone together to succeed in designing, developing and launching a global streaming service in record time. Shawn will highlight key pitfalls and important areas to achieve success through adaptive intelligence, quick decisions and trade-offs that keep the customer and the company culture at the center focus.

Shawn will also share stories and examples of how he used collaboration tools and tactics, including using intuition and instinct with real time data to produce a Design led MLP (Most Lovable Product) that ultimately shifted the trajectory of the company and resulted in one of the largest media mergers in history.

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Emmy® Award winning Executive, Speaker, Innovator, Entrepreneur & Futurist - Shawn Johnson is the former GVP Global Product & Design for Discovery+ and Discovery Inc. Responsible for Product, Design, Brand and Customer Experience, he defined the Product Vision and Go-to-Market Strategies for Discovery+ and 18 TVE products, platforms, services and experiences.

Combining an award-winning product portfolio with technology and business acumen; Shawn is a proven global leader who builds effective and high performing cross-functional teams through Product & Design Leadership. His products have been used by millions of people around the world to deliver engaging experiences that create positive, memorable & lasting relationships through evolving product and technology ecosystems.

Prior to Discovery, Shawn worked at NBCUniversal, where he served as VP of Experience Design and built an industry leading Product Design Team driving the vision, strategy, and brand experience that produced some of the best products, applications, and channels with millions of global passionate fans.

In 2010, Shawn served as Senior UX Lead & Creative Director for Microsoft – working across the entire Microsoft ecosystem of products & services. He led business groups and partners towards a unified global brand vision and customer experience.

Over the past three decades, Shawn has remained at the forefront of innovation – building, leading and cultivating teams globally. An entrepreneur and founder of several successful west coast agencies, Shawn has had the pleasure of working with a broad range of clients including, Nike, Unilever, Sony, Budweiser, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Coca-Cola, Nissan, DreamWorks, Disney and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Blurring the lines between impossible and possible, Shawn thrives at the intersection of product design, technology, and the imagination of the human spirit. He attended Otis Parsons School of Art & Design, and became one of the youngest instructors at the prestigious west coast design school.

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