Former head of technical excellence at Jet.com to oversee IT organization at fast-growing “workplace-as-a-service” company
October 16, 2017 – NEW YORK – Convene, a leader in workplace hospitality, announced that it has appointed technology industry veteran Jim Schorno as the company’s first-ever Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, Mr. Schorno will be responsible for creating enterprise business value from Convene’s IT operations and infrastructure as the high-growth company expands to new markets.
Mr. Schorno has more than 25 years of experience building teams, evaluating, selecting, and implementing systems and enterprise applications, and managing vendor relations to the short and long-term benefit of various businesses. Most recently, he served as the Head of Technical Excellence at Jet.com, where he was responsible for building out a new organization to align with software engineers, systems engineers, the information security team, the infrastructure organization, and the data management engineers to develop a robust engineering culture. His commitment to implementing new technical evangelism strategies, in partnership with the Branding and Talent organizations, led Jet.com to be ranked one of the most highly-sought after technology companies to work for by Business Insider in June 2017.
Prior to working at Jet.com, Mr. Schorno was the Vice President of Information Technology at Yodle, Inc., where he led network engineering, systems engineering, dev/ops engineering, infrastructure engineering, security engineering, telecommunications, disaster recovery, support services and the help desk teams. Earlier in his career, he held long-term technology leadership positions at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and UPS.
“We are thrilled to have Jim join the Convene family,” said Ryan Simonetti, CEO and co-founder of Convene. “He has an impressive track record of strong leadership in the IT function, and is a genuine team player and team builder. He has spent several years in fast-paced, investor-backed companies like Convene, and has what it takes to thrive in this environment. He truly embodies our company values, and his wealth of experience building technical teams and implementing new IT infrastructure from scratch will be an incredible asset to our team as we continue to grow Convene’s workplace-as-a-service platform.”
“I am excited to be joining the team at Convene at a time when the company is seeing so much growth and evolving as a tech-enabled services platform,” said Mr. Schorno. “Convene is at the forefront of the massive shift taking place in the real estate industry right now and I look forward to working closely with the executive team to implement new systems and build technologies to ensure Convene sees a successful national and international expansion in the years to come.”
Mr. Schorno will be joining Convene’s executive leadership team and reporting into Mr. Simonetti, effective today.
Convene (www.convene.com) changes the way the world works by transforming the way businesses work. By partnering with the largest landlords in commercial real estate, Convene designs and services the next generation office building – one that feels more like a full-service, lifestyle hotel. Convene’s integrated “workplace-as-a-service” platform gives building tenants and enterprise clients access to a growing network of premium meeting and event spaces, flexible workspaces, hospitality services, and curated experiences for users, all connected by Convene’s proprietary technology platform. Founded in 2009, Convene has locations in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., with plans to expand globally. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes, one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine, and the #11 Best Workplace in New York by Fortune Magazine.
Corporate Communications Manager, Convene