CHAD VAVRA

CORE COMPETENCIES

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Cisco Systems

SENIOR DESIGN LEADER - HEAD of UX

01/2020 - PRESENT

Transformed Cisco.com platform from outdated design and technology to a modern, intuitive, and personalized experience. Led and collaborated with cross-functional design teams and executive leadership to ensure on-time and within budget delivery.

Key achievements:

Isobar (Dentsu)

MANAGING DIRECTOR, INNOVATIVE SERVICES | EXPERIENCE DESIGN DIRECTOR

01/2015 - 01/2020

Promoted from Experience Design Director to Managing Director of Innovative Services. Built a new organizational offering, unifying capabilities in UX, engineering, and analytics to deliver cutting-edge services for Isobar's award-winning global creative agency. Mentored and coached UX teams, focusing on product and service design programs.

EARLY CAREER

Rosetta (Publicis)

DIRECTOR OF USER EXPERIENCE

2013 - 2014

United diverse stakeholders to form a shared vision and transform organizational mindsets. Supported key client, AT&T by driving flawless UX for an emerging product, Digital Life: Care.

TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR & DIGITAL CREATOR

2000 - 2013

Creative leader for some of the largest brands, studios, and enterprises in the world. Self-starter producing standout digital products and marketing for top-tier brands and studios.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

EXECUTIVE CERTIFICATION: GENERATIVE AI MINI-MBA
Section School of Business | New York, NY (2024)

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (B.F.A.), DIGITAL DESIGN & COMPUTER STUDIES
Iowa State University | Ames, IA (1999)

ACHIEVEMENTS

2023 Cisco Winners Circle | Top 10% of Marketing and Sales

The One Show Pencil Award | Samsung Tweet-Wrap Holiday Campaign

Eyeo Festival Speaker | Data-Visualization conference

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES

AI Tools

Hugging Face AI, Microsoft Autogen AI, LangChain, OpenAI/ChatGPT, Claude AI, Perplexity, Python, Implementing Code & Local Large Language Models

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe XD

UX & SEO Tools

Miro, Figma, Sketch, Brightedge

General Tools

Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Analytics), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel)