Senior Director, Global Strategy and Business Development
Shawn Harris leads global strategy and business development for Turing.ai's retail and hospitality vertical. Turing.ai leverages deep computer vision activity recognition and robotics to solves customers’ most pressing operational issues. He helps retailers navigate the ever-changing retail landscape, providing thought leadership, pragmatic insights, and innovative solutions on issues pertaining to the implications of Artificial Intelligence for business strategy, customer experience, inventory visibility, and staff productivity. As the “tip of the spear” for customers, Harris also drives product needs and prioritization, the “what” and “why,” back in to engineering. Prior to Turing.ai, he lead the North American go to market for Zebra Technologies’ Robotics Automation business unit. His passion rests in meeting the needs of customers; through integrating human-centered thinking, with brick-and-mortar and digital retail technology. He has been involved with store systems, ecommerce, and order management technologies for over 15 years, having held leadership positions in, or consulted to, numerous Tier 1 retailers including, TJX Cos, Staples, BJ’s, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Uniqlo (Fast Retailing). In addition, Harris founded a luxury menswear brand, which was most known for designing and manufacturing high quality clothing for corporate executives, and professional athletes across the country. He is a principled thinker, who has deep curiosity; coupled with the discipline of deep work to constantly on board practical and
strategic understanding of next gen technology and business models. Harris keeps a keen eye on what’s potentially next, by staying closely involved in the Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley startup communities. He is also currently an Angel Investor with TBD Angels, and have served as the program lead for the Startup Leadership Program, and has participated in startup programs through XRC Labs, Techstars, MassChallenge, and New York Fashion Tech Lab. Harris am also a long-standing member of the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing (COER) out of HBS/Wharton, and the Robotics & Analytics Council (RAC) out of Northwestern University. Before retail, as VP of Product Management & Global Operations, he helped to start e4eNet. e4eNet was a cloud-based enterprise platform that managed the design for manufacturing process for printed circuit boards (PCBs), e4eNet was ultimately sold to IBM. Before, e4Enet he worked for IBM in a number of technical capacities. For 8 years Harris honorably served in the Army National Guard as an infantry soldier and armored personnel carrier (APC) driver. Harris has a deep curiosity for culture and language. He speaks conversational Japanese, and has traveled to numerous countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia for business. Harris earned his MBA from Babson College, and bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Massachusetts.