International Product Leader and Innovator
Dr. Thomas Arend is a passionate entrepreneur and experienced international product leader with expertise in User Experience (UX) and Localization. A creative thinker and successful team facilitator, he has enjoyed a global career with over 20 years of experience in the IT business at Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Mozilla, SAP, IBM and numerous international start-ups.
Thomas is currently the Product Management Lead at Facebook with a mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Thomas also founded the company Savvy, a global platform where learners and teachers connect. Prior to that, he was Airbnb’s Head of International Product, Twitter’s International Product Lead, and he led Mozilla’s mobile effort as the Principal PM. Prior to Mozilla, he led important initiatives at Google for five years, driving the company’s localization in 40+ languages and launching “Google Translator Toolkit”, a community-based translation tool that supports almost 400 languages and dialects. Thomas also changed the face of the Google homepage for hundreds of millions of users with background image personalization. Previously, Thomas was at the IBM Research Center and at SAP, where he developed SAP’s mobile technology, and acted as a strategic consultant to the CEO and the executive team. At SAP, Thomas launched the world’s first mobile business application for a Tablet PC device in 2001.
Having spent his professional career based in Europe and the US, Thomas Arend has enjoyed global assignments involving concept development and execution across cultures and geographies. He is a recognized public speaker and guest professor as well as an executive product advisor at Singularity University. He holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a PhD degree in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction from the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin).