Keynote & Honorees-Commencement Weekend - Carnegie Mellon University

Keynote & Honorees

HousenboldKeynote Speaker

Jeffrey Housenbold (TPR'91)

President and CEO, Shutterfly Inc.

Jeffrey Housenbold, an Andrew Carnegie Presidential Scholar, is one of the most successful new-media entrepreneurs in the world with a successful track record of building profitable, online consumer brands by artfully combining commerce and community. As president and CEO, he has been the driving force behind Shutterfly Inc.'s transformation from an online photofinisher into a personal publishing and social expression platform, used every day by tens of millions worldwide to tell their personal stories.

Under Housenbold's leadership, Shutterfly Inc. has been recognized for both its business achievements and its distinctive company culture. Shutterfly Inc. was named as one of the Top Ten Fastest Growing Tech Companies by Forbes magazine, and it has received numerous accolades as a great place to work. Housenbold has been recognized as an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and a Most Admired CEO by the San Francisco Times. He was named one of the "40 Under 40" by both BusinessWeek and Corporate Leader magazines and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Newsweek. Housenbold is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, NBC and PBS. 

Before joining Shutterfly Inc., Housenbold was vice president of Business Development & Internet Marketing at eBay, where he managed customer acquisition and retention. He also served as vice president of Corporate Development at WinStar Communications and as manager and co-founder of Accenture's Media & Entertainment Strategy Group.

Housenbold serves on the board of directors of Shutterfly Inc.; Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest casino entertainment company; Groupon, the leading online marketplace for local deals; and Chegg, the online student hub. He also serves as a special industry advisor to KKR & Co. L.P. Housenbold has formerly served on the board of directors of several leading venture backed companies including Touch Commerce, There Inc., Digital Chocolate and Clover. He has also served on the board of directors of the nationally recognized Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Jeffrey Housenbold is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University.

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Student Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipients

Student Speaker Bryan M. Lewis (E'13,'14)

Honorary Degree Recipient Manfred Honeck

Honorary Degree Recipient John Wells (A'79)

Honorary Degree Recipient Telle Whitney