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Kevin Scott is chief technology officer for Microsoft. He joined LinkedIn (which Microsoft acquired in December 2016) in February of 2011. As senior vice president of engineering and operations and a member of LinkedIn’s executive management team, Scott helped build LinkedIn’s technology and technology team and led it through an IPO and six years of rapid growth.
Scott’s 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as researcher, engineer and leader. Prior to joining LinkedIn, he oversaw mobile ads engineering at Google, including the integration of Google’s $750 million acquisition of AdMob. Prior to its acquisition by Google, Scott was responsible for engineering and operations at AdMob, the world’s leading platform for mobile monetization.
Before joining AdMob in 2007, Scott held numerous leadership positions at Google in search and ads engineering, and helped with the company’s early efforts establishing remote engineering centers. He is the recipient of a Google Founder’s Award, an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship and an ACM Recognition of Service award. Scott was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board, is a trustee of the Anita Borg Institute and The Scott Foundation, and is a member of the startup Magic’s board of directors. He is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor and the founder of the non-profit organization Behind the Tech.
Scott is the co-inventor on several patents in the area of search and information extraction, and is the author or co-author of several publications on dynamic binary rewriting that collectively have been cited hundreds of times in other scholarly research.
Scott holds an M.S. in computer science from Wake Forest University, a B.S. in computer science from Lynchburg College, and is an all-but-dissertation drop out from the computer science Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia.