Marketing leader from HootSuite, Adobe, Yahoo! and Microsoft providing product roadmap and GTM guidance.
Lead product marketing and product strategy for various products including Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Flex, Adobe LiveCycle, Yahoo! Display Ads and HootSuite Enterprise.
Designer, creative director and UX thoughtleader with experience in publishing, web, SaaS, media experiences and tools.
Ben is one of the most technically savy people I know. Hard working, leading edge, on top of his game. I'd do business with Ben any and every time.
In fact, I'm looking to follow his example right now and will be looking for some advice.
Ben is a leader and brings a vision into reality. He drives ideas and make them happen by motivating his team and others around him to make it happen. He's got a great visualization of a problem and what needs to be done to solve it.
Ben is a consummate professional - articulate, focused and true. I had the pleasure of working with him as he stepped into form a program central to Adobes emerging strategy.
Ben is one of the highest value "go to" people I work with at Adobe. He always delivers. Ben has the rare ability to nail the right long term strategy and roadmap AND roll-up his sleeves to get it implemented. I've seen him convince executives to fund new initiates, bulldog his way through operational roadblocks, and put a program in place from scratch -- all in a days work.
I met Ben at a critical time in my development as a creative professional.
Ben was (and still is) a brilliant creative thinker that redefined the term (before it was popular) "thinking outside the box". Ben acted as a mentor to me and helped me shape my vision into a reality.
I will forever hold Ben in the highest of regards both as a close personal friend and as a dedicated visionary.
Ben is a highly talented manager who really gets developers, and deeply understands what developers want, and how to market to them.
Ben is an outstanding marketing professional with exceptional advertising/media business knowledge backed with solid management and a sharp sense of strategy. During my time working with Ben I learned a tremendous amount, and found him to be an extremely valuable contributor to our initiatives.
Ben is incredibly bright, creative and capable. His quick insight and forward thinking was always working for him in creating new opportunities and paths. At Key, he was instrumental in creating and driving a completely new approach to online business management. And, his energy and spirit was contageous. I'd work with Ben again in a heartbeat.
Ben Watson is truly a visionary thought leader in the advertising / media space with a clear understanding of what the future for the industry holds and what a “winner” will look like. However, what separates him from the pack of other so-called “thought leaders” is his ability to attract/retain top talent, build high performing teams, mobilize quickly and execute with a ruthless focus on the most valuable customers. Ben is one of the best and brightest managers that I have ever had.
Ben exemplifies contagious creativity....his passion, ideas, knowledge, history, and life experience makes him an ideal person to be focusing on our future whether that is technology, web 2.0, or music...he is all about the possibilities. I've worked with Ben on a pilot start up...and then worked with him on platform evangelism where I saw Ben influence a ton of future devs. Ben is a star!
Ben was an incredible manager - very passionate about his work and quite driven to truly develop his employees. A strategic thinker whose enthusiasm in the workplace was contagious.