Claire Hughes Johnson currently serves as a corporate officer and advisor for Stripe, a global technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. From 2014 to 2021, Claire served as Stripe’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for scaling the company’s worldwide operations to meet the needs of its rapidly-growing user base. During her tenure as COO, Stripe grew from less than 200 employees to more than 6,000. At various times, she led business operations, sales, marketing, customer support, risk, real estate and all of the people functions, including recruiting and HR.
Prior to Stripe, from 2004-2014 Claire served in a variety of leadership roles at Google that included operations, sales, product and general management for various products. Claire managed the business and operational teams behind the launches of Gmail, Google Checkout, and Google Apps. She also served as Vice President for Google's self-driving car project and the Google Offers product. Claire began her career at Google working on the advertising sales team, ultimately leading the Global Online Sales organization to deliver ~$11B/year of revenue. From 2010 to 2012, Claire was also co-lead and executive sponsor of the Global Women@Google Network, building the organization to over 4,000 active members during her tenure.
Prior to Google, Claire spent time in management consulting and she began her career in Massachusetts state politics, running state and local campaigns. Claire earned a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University.
Claire currently serves on the boards of renewable energy company Ameresco, the multi-platform publication The Atlantic, the self-driving company Aurora Innovation, and the customer management software company Hubspot. She is also the President of the Board of Trustees at Milton Academy.
She currently lives outside of Boston, MA with her husband, two children, and two neurotic dachshunds.