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Ann Hiatt


Ann Hiatt is a best selling author, executive consultant, speaker, and investor. She is a Silicon Valley veteran with 15 years experience reporting directly to CEOs Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Eric Schmidt (Google/Alphabet).

Ann worked directly for Jeff Bezos from 2002-2005 where she absorbed the keys to scaling, calculated risk taking and innovation. Ann left Amazon to do a PhD at UC Berkeley before being recruited mid-program by Google where she spent 12 years. Ann became the first ever Chief of Staff and honed her skills in leadership people management, policy, communications and operational systems from the c-suite.

Ann relocated from Silicon Valley to Europe in 2018 and now consults with CEOs and their leadership teams across the globe. She also partners with Venture Capital firms to identify and build up portfolio CEOs.

She has published articles in publications such as Harvard Business Review and Fast Company and is a contributing author on CNBC. She has also contributed to articles in The New York Times, Economic Times, The Financial Times and Forbes. Her bestselling book, Bet On Yourself, was published by HarperCollins in 2021.

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Events featuring Ann Hiatt
Events featuring Ann Hiatt