Samuel Bright is Chief Product & Experience Officer at Upwork. Bright is a senior operating executive with over 16 years of extensive experience scaling technology teams, businesses, and customer experiences. His career reflects a demonstrated track record of growing multi-billion P&Ls, executing complex domestic and global transactions, and leading large teams through inflection points. Prior to joining Upwork, Bright was the Vice President and General Manager of Verticals at eBay and had P&L responsibility for the company’s North American vertical business units. During prior roles at eBay, Bright executed 70+ partnerships in two years across B2C, C2C, product, marketing, verticals, and shipping domains, and spent time on the M&A strategy team, where he championed four transactions focused on machine translation, shipping, and cross-border trade. Before joining eBay, Bright advised on over $10 billion of tech mergers and acquisition deal processes at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and served as an industry analyst at Forrester Research, advising Chief Information Officers through tech research and consulting. He began his career leading market research for entrepreneurs at a business incubator. Bright holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. in Management from Taylor University. He is credentialed as an NACD Governance Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors at Benetech and the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Advisory Council. Bright has been named to Black Enterprise’s 2018 List of the Most Influential Blacks in Technology, The Network Journal’s 2018 40 Under Forty class, and Savoy Magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.