Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Redesign Health; Former CEO, Etsy
Maria Thomas is a business and technology executive who transforms early-stage companies into iconic, lasting businesses. A digital pioneer, Maria joined Amazon in 1999 and later joined NPR Digital, Etsy, and SmartThings early in their organizational lives. In each case, Maria invented winning strategies, recruited talented teams, and led rapid execution in highly dynamic environments. Maria believes in the power of authentic consumer brands; she skillfully crafted both the Etsy and SmartThings brands in ways that resonated with mainstream consumers.
After more than two decades building digital companies and leading digital transformation, Maria currently serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Redesign Health, a startup studio building, seed funding, and spinning out consumer healthcare startups. She helps a team of engineers, designers and businesspeople create modern, engaging patient experiences across a variety of health settings.
Maria also works as a board director, startup adviser and angel investor. Her boards include the Pew Research Center, McClatchy (NYSE-American), Spoonflower (a privately held ecommerce company), and the non-profit American Journalism Project. She previously served on the Board of the home automation company; Control4 (NASDAQ: CTRL); until its sale in August 2019. She is also an external adviser to McKinsey Digital and is a member of the Library of Congress’s Digital Round table.
Maria started her career as a financial analyst on Wall Street. After earning an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Maria spent seven years as an investment officer with the World Bank’s private sector arm, the IFC, before joining Amazon.com in 1999.