Sean Harrington has a successful history of building very early-stage operations into high-growth businesses. As vice president of City Solutions for Verizon, he is responsible for the company’s overall product strategy and roadmap for smart communities. He leads a 100-person team whose skills span device development, software development, computer vision and QA/test.
Sean joined Verizon in October 2016 through the acquisition of Sensity Systems, pioneer of light sensory networks. Sean was chief operating officer (COO) and part of the founding team at Sensity, building the company from the ground up to become a worldwide leader in smart-city technology. Verizon acquired Sensity as part of a broader investment to build out a robust set of products and solutions to help cities address their most pressing challenges.
Sean put his entrepreneurial skills to work as a case writer for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he had earlier earned his MBA. His technology expertise began with his bachelor’s degree in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary (Canada).
Sean is a frequent speaker at industry events and is co-chair for the C100, a nonprofit that leverages a network of leading Canadian technologists, entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley to help accelerate the innovation economy in Canada.
Sean is an avid ultramarathon runner who has completed numerous 50- and 100-mile trail running races plus the legendary 6-day Marathon des Sables across the Moroccan Sahara.