Co-Founder and CEO
Jennifer Byrne is Co-Founder & CEO of Quesnay Inc. which helps Fortune 500 companies in automotive, finance, insurance, telecom, media industries accelerate the launch of new products by running global innovation competitions, customized accelerators, idea-a-thons, and execute digital partnership strategies. Sample clients include AARP, Cisco, CSAA (AAA), Discover, Farmers Insurance, FORD, Hearst, John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, National Association of Broadcasters, PayPal, Prudential, TD Bank, Verizon, Wells Fargo. In 2017, Quesnay successfully launched an annual, global “Female Founders in Tech” competition & mentorship series to recognize & support women in media, mobility, & financial services technology. Ms. Byrne previously served as VP, Business Development & Investments at American Express.
At Verizon, Ms. Byrne was Executive Director, Business Development & Partnership Management where she was responsible for a billion-dollar services revenue P&L: mobile applications, video, games, music & new services. She spearheaded the launch of Verizon’s innovation division, led 4G LTE applications launch in 2010, and key strategic partnerships with Amazon, Facebook, Skype, & Twitter. Jennifer is an active advisor, board member, mentor, speaker, innovation judge and active angel investor in mobile startups: Angel List, CareAtHand (acq: Mindoula Health), Disruptive Multimedia, Lettuce (acq: Intuit) & Vouchr (also Board Observer). Ms. Byrne is also an Advisor to Mammoth Entertainment, Hedwig & Associates & The Resolution Project (non-profit). Jennifer was previously named Innovate Finance Powerlist and Top Women in Mobile Entertainment.