Shani Sandy

Design Executive, IBM

Shani works as a Design Executive at IBM, leading their design-driven transformation. Her role encompasses defining the design mission and strategy for the IBM Z product family, advancing design practice thinking throughout the company with an emphasis on superior client experiences and building connection and culture across the Design Research, Content Design, Front-End Development, UX Design and Visual Design Departments. Prior to joining IBM, Shani spent more than 14 years in the Finance and FinTech sectors, first as Creative Director at S&P Capital IQ and subsequently as Executive Creative Director at S&P Global.

A creative thinker and doer, Shani came to the Berlin School of Creative Leadership to challenge herself in a non-traditional educational environment and find inspiration and knowledge from an international class of participants facing similar complexities in their industries. "My output is at its richest maximum when it is informed in a multidisciplinary way. As I have progressed in my career, the stakes are higher and navigating through interpersonal factors and complex problems are all persistent variables. The rigorous practice and various tools the Executive MBA has offered me are invaluable to continue to meet these challenges, specifically in the context of creativity."

Shani received her BA in Art History/BFA in Painting and Computer Art in a joint degree program from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She also attended AIGA & Yale School of Management’s executive business program “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” in 2012.