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Jun 2010Jul 2011

Sr. Program Manager, Product Strategy

Three Pillar Global Inc

Forged high-profile executive client relationships and spearheaded development of innovative mobile applications from conception through launch, defining creative and brand visions, rigorously controlling costs, and consistently exceeding expectations. Stressed user-centered design and worked closely with Director of Product Strategy in marrying benefits within existing software development expertise. Guided cross-functional teams composed of developers, engineering managers, QA, content, business analysts and others as well as offshore staff in consistently attaining project milestones. Spurred growth through recommending new client initiatives and capitalizing on cutting-edge technologies.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Led both in-house team and offshore staff in launching streaming full-length-video iPad application for PBS. Garnered WEBBY Award 2011. Facilitated UI development and offered creative insights throughout.
  • Served as Program Manager for Time Inc, NYC, launching well-received products including iPhone and Android versions of subscription-based Sports Illustrated Everywhere and GoogleChrome Fortune 500 applications. Oversaw program expansion, conducted in-depth technology solutions review, and navigated complex development frameworks including Sproutcore, Sencha, and HTML5.
  • Pursued and successfully established relationship with CARFAX, guiding technical staff in producing dealer-access iPhone and Android apps and ensuring post-launch support.
  • Enhanced Three Pillar Global marketing capabilities through executing full redesign of website using Drupal 7, honing creative vision, establishing blog editorial calendar, managing offshore development resources, and CRM integration within highly aggressive 8-week timeframe.

President & CEO

Ollie Interactive LLC

Established studio and attained profitability within 2 years through recruiting design/development professionals focused on addressing client needs and consistently producing best-in-class digital B2B communications.  Defined creative and strategic vision, instituted viable product development methodologies, and closely monitored project teams involved in programming, design, database, and e-commerce work. Presented with 2009 Regional "Corporate Heroine" Award by Women in Technology and March of Dimes Metro D.C.  Key Accomplishments:

  • Achieved exceptional results for Invision.TV social media product through crafting innovative messaging targeting end-user, advertiser, and investor markets, facilitating brand/identity development, providing trade show collateral, and launching Flash-based promotional site. Invision.TV presented with DEMO-GOD award for innovation at fall 2008 DEMO Show for emerging technologies.
  • Managed development and launch of interactive sales tool for new suite of Trimble Navigation GPS products, including storyboard, scripts, original art, content development and Flash animation. Success garnered request to produce customized version for hardware provider Motorola.
  • Created intuitive website architecture and design informing users, donors, and volunteers about Habitat for Humanity ReStore retail facility. Guided development using Expression Engine (EE) content management system, implemented dynamic features such as rotating content modules, and trained Habitat staff on using CMS.
  • Developed custom online ordering solution for La Prima Catering coordinating between 10 catering kitchens in Philadelphia/Baltimore/DC region: .
  • Crafted corporate site with SharePoint Intranet/Extranet functionality for Roylance Abrams legal firm. Integrated SharePoint for both document/library management as well as CMS, spurring new uses of SharePoint MOSS: .
  • Single-handedly developed client base and received outstanding feedback on complex projects through hiring SMEs in social media integration, SharePoint and Convio, gaming development, and strategic marketing.

Director, Product Design

Time Warner Cable

Forged consumer experience vision for Road Runner ISP and managed roll-out, launching 11 divisions in 18 months. Managed interaction design of entire service including creative, features, product strategy, and UI design. Noted for exceptional cross-functional team leadership and successfully balancing divergent product development priorities.  Key Accomplishments:

  • Operated as User Experience evangelist for AT&T and AOL business merger transitioning 4M customers to Time Warner Cable services, providing seamless interface with Engineering for collaborative evolution of existing products and multi-brand initiatives. 
  • Provided creative direction for third-party co-branded products, service utilities, interactive feature modules, and service "skin". Assessed creative and human factors for beta launch of Road Runner Interactive Television.

Career Note: Enhanced satisfaction amongst 1M+ Road Runner High Speed Online subscriber base through developing broadband specials, strengthening information architecture, facilitating new media integration, and superior cross-functional team management as Senior Manager, Creative Development (1998-1999).



A fine liberal arts education at the second-most photographed college campus in the U.S. (next to Yale). A pretty place to discover oneself.


Full Performance Scholarship

Carmen, Rosina, Cenerentola, and lots of oratorio work (Brahms is my one true love). Launched a six-year career in the Philadelphia/NYC region, no regrets, LOTS of fantastic experiences transferrable to so many industries. 

Parsons School of Design

Valuable lessons in traditional media during the early days of electronic design. I credit Parsons with making me the typography snob that I am.

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Associations & Awards

Webby Award Winner, 2011

Program Manager:  PBS for iPad –  "Mobile: Entertainment, Tablet" 

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia   

Board of Directors  (2008 - 2011)

2009 "Heroines in Technology" Awards  – presented by Women in Technology and March of Dimes Metro DC

Winner: Corporate Heroine of the Year

Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington (ADCMW)

Board of Directors  (2009 - present)

Winner:  Collateral Suite Design, 60th Annual Show -- 2009Winner:  Logo/Brand Design, 58th Annual Show -- 2007Winner:  Collateral Suite Design, 58th Annual Show – 2007

National Academy of Engineering

Strategic Advisory Committee:  "EngineerGirl!" program (2000 - present)

NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show"

Guest panelist (with Anita Borg) for live radio broadcast discussion of Women in Information Technology -- April 2000

Active Memberships: 

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Equality Fairfax
  • Women in Technology (WIT)
  • Art Director's Club of Metro Washington (ADCMW)
  • DC Web Women


Strategic professional with a passion for building high-profile client relationships and leading globally-matrixed new media technology teams in launching award-winning solutions for web applications and mobile devices. Able to capitalize on emerging technologies, define creative and brand visions, and consistently execute within aggressive timeframes. Committed to user-centered design and maintaining industry-leading quality standards.


Cross-Functional Team Leadership . Strategic & Creative Vision . Client-Facing Program ManagementNew Business Development . Contract Negotiation . Agile Methodology . Product Development & SupportMobile Strategy . Digital & Rich Media . Go-to-Market Positioning & Brand Development


Google Analytics • Agile software development process Atlassian suite, incl Jira and Grasshopper  •  OmniGraffle  •  Balsamiq •  Keynote Adobe CS5  •  PHP-based CMS systems (Drupal, Expression Engine) working knowledge of mobile app frameworks (iOS, Sproutcore, ExtJS, HTML5)


“Working with Annette is like taking a breath of fresh air. She's energetic, creative, funny, and wicked smart. Annette takes pride in her work, and it shows. No design detail is too small for her. She's equally adept at conceptualizing new products and executing delivery. Annette's managers, peers and team enjoy her company both professionally and personally -- she's just an all-around great person!"

Teresa Phillips, Founder and CEO, Graspr

“Annette Gildea was a driving member of our nations's high speed internet transition and she has kept that pace ever since. Her "get it done" approach mixed with ingenuity and creativity was inspiring to all of her colleagues. I recommend Annette as a leader, a problem solver and a partner. I welcome the opportunity to work with her again.”

Lauren LoFrisco, GVP Marketing, Road Runner High Speed

“I've worked on several projects under Annette, each of which were managed in a effective way and she was a pleasure to work for. She is always ready to help break down barriers to moving forward and knows how to keep a team encouraged and motivated.”

Phil Freo, Web Developer

“Annette and Ollie Interactive have worked for me on several occasions and multiple projects (two companies). She is creative, communicative, and great to work with. Their product is created with great care and attention to the details so often overlooked. They are quick to respond to any communication and to their customers wishes.”

Jeff King, COO and Entrepreneur