Lorraine Hariton spent 25 years in various senior level positions including CEO of two venture backed start-ups in Silicon Valley before being appointed by President Obama to be Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the US Department of State (September 2009 – February 2014). Currently she is a Senior Advisor at the Transnational Strategy Group and Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships for the New York Academy of Sciences. At the New York Academy of Sciences she supports the Global STEM Alliance, is a global initiative to increase the number and diversity of students in the STEM pipeline. She is also on the Leadership Council and the Technology Policy committee of the Hillary for America campaign and on the board of the Wiki Education Foundation.
At the State Department she was responsible for outreach to the business community, commercial advocacy and global entrepreneurship efforts. She worked with US embassies around the world to ensure that support of business was a priority and was instrumental in establishing entrepreneurship as a foreign policy tool. She launched the highly successful Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) and supported the Presidential Summit for Entrepreneurship and Co-Chaired the US-Japan, Mexico-US and US-Russia innovation and entrepreneurship working groups.
Hariton has over 25 years of experience in the information technology sector in Silicon Valley. During her business career Hariton worked in a range of sectors including cloud computing, Internet of things, retail payment systems, Internet audio solutions, speech applications, data security and telecommunications.
She served as the CEO of Beatnik from 1999 to 2002 where she repositioned the company as a leader in audio solutions for cell phones and raised more than $40 million in venture capital. Hariton served as President and CEO of Apptera, a speech recognition company, from 2003 to 2005 where she raised $8 million in venture capital and brought the first product to market. Hariton spent 15 years at IBM serving in a number of leadership positions in sales and marketing. Subsequently she was Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at NCD, a publicly traded cloud computing company. She is well known for closing major licensing deals with Nokia, IBM and AT&T among others.
Hariton served on the Wave Systems (NASDAQ:WAVX) where she is chair of the nominating and governance committee and serves on the compensation committee from 2013-2015. She served on the board of IODA, an online music distribution company and was acquired by Sony Music in 2012 from 2006-2009 and as Chairman of the Board of Beatnik from 1999-2009. Hariton was Chairman Watermark, served as Treasurer of the State of California Board of Accountancy, served on the board of the Demand Response Grid Coalition, and served on the National Advisory Board of the Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
The Harvard Business School Club of Northern California has honored her as one of the Bay Area’s most influential female graduates, and Watermark, a premier Silicon Valley organization for technology executives, honored her as a “Woman Who Has Made Her Mark.”
Hariton has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University. She has two grown children and currently resides in New York City. She loves to cycle, enjoys the out of doors, politics and international travel.