2e82c27John Kahan is General Manager, Customer Data & Analytics for Microsoft. He has worked at Microsoft for 13+ years and IBM for 18 years. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business/Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business and a BS in Computer Sciences/Mathematics from SUNY Binghamton.

John’s team drives the insights and big data strategy that supports the Senior Leadership Team of Microsoft (including the CEO, Chief Strategist, CMO, and Division EVPs), the Global Advertising Team, the Windows & Devices and Applications and Services Groups.

Previously, John reported to the CMO and the president of the Online Services Division where he oversaw all Microsoft’s online customer data including the data platform that powers Bing, Microsoft Advertising, & MSN’s Businesses including Customer, Product, and Competitive Intelligence, Experimentation, and Data & Marketing Sciences worldwide.

13116023_10204802589264417_158124372485185251_o-1John transitioned to Seattle from the East Coast where he was at IBM for 18 years as VP, Integrated Marketing Communication for Sales & Distribution overseeing all advertising, database and online marketing for IBM’s Industry customers and ibm.com across 60+ countries.

John is also the author and photographer behind the book; The Arctic: A Photographic Journey which is a compilation of John’s favorite photographs from his journey to Svalbard, Norway, the Arctic Ocean, Greenland and Iceland. Much of this is still untouched by human beings and remains a stunning wonder to all of us. John hopes you will be blown away by the amazing beauty of this part of the world. To purchase the book, go to: www.blurb.com/b/7376133-the-arctic

All net proceeds go to SIDS Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital in honor of John’s son Aaron who passed away from SIDS in 2003. 

14195283_1346192802065134_7683176150558768818_oSIDS claims 2500 infants in US annually. Striking without warning and leaving scant clues about its cause, it has defied all attempts to unlock its secret, casting a shadow of fear over every family with a newborn.

SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant who is younger than 1 year old. Most SIDS deaths are associated with sleep and infants who die of SIDS show no signs of suffering.

A lack of answers is part of what makes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) so frightening.

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. It remains unpredictable despite years of research. Growing public awareness of SIDS and precautions to prevent it should leave fewer parents searching for answers in the future. Research is key to solving this mystery.

John and his wife Heather are the proud parents of four girls and an amazing grandson. He is an avid photographer, adventurer and hiker. He loves traveling, spending time with family, and giving back via SIDS Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This is John Kahan’s True North Story® 


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