Former Managing Director Twitter Australia
Karen was Twitter Australia’s Founding Managing Director and set up the local operations including its advertising business. Having been in the Australian market for over three years, Twitter experienced strong local growth under Karen’s leadership. Australia is part of the fastest growing region in the world for Twitter, which has more than three-quarters of its users outside the United States.
Karen was the 2014 Patron for Go Girl, an initiative to encourage more young women to consider studying business/IT or IT at a tertiary level, and to appreciate the many opportunities a career in IT can bring. She was an Ambassador for the World Netball Cup in 2015 and now sits on the Board of Netball Australia, is a member of Chief Executive Women, and an Ambassador for Business Events Sydney.
In 2016 Karen was Runner-up in the CEO Magazine Managing Director of the Year Awards and since 2015 has been included in the annual B&T Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Australian Media.
Prior to joining Twitter, Karen had a distinguished six year career at Google. In her most recent role she was the Managing Director, Mobile and Social Solutions, responsible for sales strategy and commercialisation for Google’s Mobile and Social Advertising products across Asia Pacific. Before joining Google, Karen worked at Vodafone for 12 years, most recently as General Manager for Service Strategy. She has a passion for bringing new technologies to enhance the customer experience.
Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Administration, an MBA and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. Karen is an avid netball follower who is excited to contribute to the sport's increasing popularity.