Director of Product & Design
San Francisco, CA
Hey! My name is Jonathan, but most people call me Jony (pronounced Jaw-knee). I currently work at American Express as the Director of Product & Design for Digital Lounge Experiences where I lead a cross-functional team of Product Managers, Designers, and Data Analysts with the collective goal of improving the digital travel experience for our premium card members. Before that I was at Instagram leading the design and product direction for new Lead Generation tools for small businesses.
My background is fairly uncommon; I initially embarked on my professional journey as an architect, where I learned about project management, communication, selling a vision, and most importantly, it's where I was introduced to the world of design. I later made the transition into the tech industry, serving as the first and sole designer at a small startup called LoungeBuddy. I learned how to build products, own and iterate on the company’s vision, grow a team, secure funding, and so much more. In 2019 we were acquired by American Express, and I learned even more about what it was like to build influence across an enterprise, and expanded on this even more at Instagram where laid the foundations for an entirely new business vertical.
Throughout my career I have had the privilege of leading cross-functional teams, successfully launching multiple zero-to-one products across iOS, iPadOS, Android, and Web for millions of users, hired and mentored Product Managers and Designers, helped to develop company culture, set the vision for our products and department, and experienced what it was like to grow a startup from seed-stage through a successful acquisition. I am grateful for the opportunities I've had so far in my career, and I am truly humbled that I get to do this for a living.