Business 100 – 2017

Shannon Deegan/Google

Shannon Deegan is chief of staff and global director for real estate and workplace services at Google. Joining Google in 2007 as the director of people operations, he led the M&A team, served as lead business partner to Google’s global business organization, and as head of central staffing and the global talent and outreach programs, including diversity. He most recently led Google’s global security operations organization for three years. Previously, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York, in the financial industry in Asia, and as an advisor to the prime minister of Canada. He also played hockey at a professional level with the Los Angeles Kings.

Shannon has a B.A. from the University of Vermont, an M.Phil. in international studies from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. Born in Verdun, Quebec, Shannon lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his wife, Patti, and their three children, Conal, Orla, and Bridget. In the late 1840s, Shannon’s ancestors sailed to Canada to join Montreal’s growing Irish community in Pointe St. Charles.