Sowmya Subramanian

Sowmya Subramanian serves as Executive Vice President of Engineering at Discovery Inc. In the role, Sowmya is accelerating the technology transformation for Discovery, building the next generation of media streaming experiences and scaling the core platform to delight users globally with their rich and growing content. Sowmya is also establishing Discovery's San Francisco Bay Area presence, specializing in machine learning and content understanding, while continuing to expand their global footprint. Sowmya is a technology executive with 25+ years of experience in the consumer, media, database, and search industries, known for driving growth through innovative product and technology experiences, scaling globally distributed organizations and fostering a fast-paced and inclusive culture. She has won several leadership and technology awards, including for her efforts in empowering women in technology. Prior to Discovery, Sowmya spent 15 years at Google. While there, she led the charge in defining Google Search's path to modernize and transform their ecosystem strategy, launching a suite of products ranging from Google Web Stories to Journalist Studio to activating Health authorities for timey COVID-19 response. She also founded and grew YouTube Kids, YouTube Music, YouTube Live and was critical to making paid subscriptions happen on YouTube. Prior to YouTube, Sowmya led engineering in Google Maps where she defined and executed on their UGC and local business efforts. She also co-led Women@ ERG for Google North America for several years, served as a Google Tech Advisor for developing Google executive leadership talent, pioneered Inclusive Design (to remove biases in products) across Google and the tech industry, and forged university collaborations to increase women in engineering. Sowmya serves on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year board, the advisory board for PBS Kids and iTVS Women & Girls Lead Global, and recently joined the Jara Worldwide Board of Directors. Prior to Google, Sowmya worked at Oracle and Microsoft. She earned a Bachelors in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, on a full scholarship, and a Masters in Computer Science at University of Wisconsin, Madison on a fellowship.