CHAD VAVRA

Managing Director

As a director I work with customers and internal stakeholders to define strategies that that ensure innovation leads competitive business transformations.


My goal is to make products people want better, faster, and simpler. Products created with care that they will love. To do this I strive to make business, processes, and cultures that support them.

Skills

People

I strive to surround myself with diverse, highly talented people who teach and grow together.

Clients

Partnering with clients to create innovative, measurable solutions that change businesses and their customers is my passion.

Products

I lead client and cross-functional teams that develop strategies for products and services that change expectations of what is possible.

Experience

Cisco Systems

Senior Leader: Cisco.com - New York

January 2020 - Current


I lead the strategy team for Cisco.com's global with direct responsibilities for SEO, customer intent modelling, international footprint, content strategy, health, and optimization. The team is responsible for aligning the requests of hundreds of stakeholders across Cisco with the intent and desires of our customers, partners, and employee audiences.

Isobar, a Dentsu company

Managing Director: Innovation Services- New York

January 2015 - December 2019


I directed innovation consultancy and user experience groups, exercising my technical and creative expertise across many industries. My unique blend of experience in ideation, exectution and delivery aligned to adopting innovative technologies resulted in the formation of Isobar's first strategy innovation practice

United States Air Force: AFNET: My team provided innovation services to the USAF Netorking group during their applications transformation to a multi-cloud environment.

Cisco Systems: Digital Experiences: The Isobar Innovation Services team provided Cisco digital experiences with research, ideation, prototyping and delivery. Notable project: Cisco's Video Platform

Google Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP): I led expereince design for the creation of a service platform designed to support Project ARA, a modular smart-phone platform. The project spanned everything from on device, in stores, and the technical design and integrations.Information on request

Facebook Building 8: I also led the experience design of a service platform for a yet to be released hardware product.Information on request

TV Everywhere for NBC Universal / Comcast: iOS, Android, Roku, FireTV, AppleTV app framework for the 13+ broadcast and cable brands for their TV Everywhere platform View Project

Rosetta Marketing - A Publicis company

User Experience Director - New York

August 2013 - January 2015


As director of user experience at Rosetta's New York office I grew a small team of ux designers working on products in the telecommuncation/technology sectors. My team aslo embedded with Rosetta's internal 'Labs' initiative providing a focus on near-future relationships with technology in the wake of rapidly increasing data collection and analysis.

Clients include AT&T, Samsung, Tracfone, and othersc

RFI Studios - A Ruder Finn company

SVP Creative Director - User Experience

January 2012 - August 2013


At RFI Studios I led User Experience, introduced responsive web design and execution and webfonts, native mobile application analytics for many of their clients.

Clients include Citi Bank, Samsung Research America, Novartis, Michael J. Fox Foundation, MetLife, and The Counsel for Responsible Nutrition

The Barbarian Group

Interaction Design Director

2010-January 2012


I worked with the User Experience team at The Barbarian Group to support the creation of digital marketing experiences. Our process focused on the goals and objectives of stakeholders to achieve measurable success.

A few of the clients I've supported include Bloomberg, Mozilla, Lenovo, Samsung, Sears, ESPN, C40 Cities, and GE.

Further Employment History


I started my career as a video game artist and animator contracting for Pixar. I then transitioned to web related digital products and applications working as a front end designer and developer. Ultimately my experience led me to leadership roles in agencies and Fortune 50 companies focused on formalizing user experience departments and innovative digital transformations.

Education

Iowa State University - Ames, Iowa

BFA Mixed-Media Visual Studies

Chad Vavra — chad@chadvavra.com — (551) - 427-6038