Stripe Fills Long-Vacant Communications Role With IPO Veteran

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Shannon Brayton, Stripe's new Head of Communications. Image credit: Vidyard

Shannon Brayton is joining Stripe as its new Global Head of Communications, completing the company's almost two-year-long search. Brayton, who begins her new role on January 25, will report to the financial services company’s Co-Founder and President, John Collison.

An internal Stripe email obtained by Insider said, "We kicked off our search for this role in May 2019 and since then have spoken with many of the industry's leading lights. It took a while to find the right person, but we couldn't have gotten luckier with Shannon."

Brayton is a seasoned corporate communications executive who has helped ferry companies through the IPO process, which will come in handy as the company continues to scale. In a statement seen by The Information, Collison said “Her experience in running communications functions at scale and shaping corporate narratives for some of the most impressive Silicon Valley companies will be invaluable to us as we grow.”

Before joining Stripe, Brayton worked at LinkedIn for almost a decade where she led communications strategies for the company's IPO in May 2011 and its acquisition by Microsoft in 2016. Prior to LinkedIn, she spent time as the Senior Director of Corporate Communications at OpenTable, which meant she was responsible for managing all IPO-related communications as well as running the company’s investor relations program. She also held public relations and communications roles at eBay, Yahoo!, and Intuit. Outside of communications, Brayton also serves on the boards of several startups including Vidyard, Quizlet, and Relativity.

Since its launch ten years ago, Stripe has amassed over 2,500 employees spread across 14 offices around the world. Stripe is one of the world's most valuable startups, last valued at $36 billion but that valuation could soon skyrocket as Stripe reportedly began talks about a new funding round that could inflate its value to as much as $100 billion.

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