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Karen Lawson

Travels from: New South Wales


Hear from a senior executive and leader in the digital industry

Categories: CEO

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Karen Lawson is a senior executive and leader in the digital industry. She has held executive positions within both global companies, as well as joint ventures. With experience leading teams through change; motivating, developing cross functional teams to peak performance, Karen is extremely passionate about delivering great results and helping others achieve their true potential.

As the former CareerOne CEO, Karen has also worked at corporate start-up accelerator Slingshot, where she helped Australia’s businesses stay ahead of the innovation curve. Karen has now been appointed as Managing Direcotr of Spotify's opeartions in both Australia and New Zealand. 

Slingshot has worked with a number of corporates about start-up and disruption best practice including NRMA, ING Direct and health fund HFC, and over 50 start-ups have participated in its programs.

Slingshot, which has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle, recently acquired Melbourne-based accelerator program Angelcube as part of its national expansion strategy.

Lawson, former CEO of online job marketplace CareerOne, has over a decade of experience working in executive roles within Australia’s tech sector, including taking CareerOne from being just a job board into a broader technology business.

Prior to CareerOne, she worked as Yahoo!7’s general manager of business development and partnerships, leading several of the company’s experimental new media and technology endeavours.

Over her bcareer, Karen's learned the importance of reinvention and innovation and how it can make or break a legacy business.

Karen is a polished and professional corporate speaker; a prolific networker, an experienced media commentator and guest speaker, with appearances on TV, radio in print and digital, as well as industry forums. 

Karen Lawson - CEO

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