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Iain Lawson

Engineering (Director)

As an Engineering Director in the New York studio, Iain is the technical lead on projects, defining product requirements and guiding engineering work streams. Iain applies his deep command and expertise in the field to transform business requirements into strategic application architecture; he supports our Partnerships team by liaising with and designing application recommendations for prospective partners.

With over 15 years experience in the web development space, Iain brings a wealth of knowledge to his work with AREA 17. Most recently, Iain was at Penguin/Random House books as the Manager of Web Development for the Digital Media Group. He lead concurrent client engagements including Penguin Random House Audiobooks; Living Language; Ahab Narrator Portal; and chiefly Fodor's.com. Under his leadership, he directed the rollout of PHP to the Fodors.com website and managed the development of the Fodor's Web API, which is powered by the physical book content of all the Fodor's Travel Guides. Before joining the product side, Iain was in the digital agency world working with clients such as Nintendo, NBC Universal, Toyota, Starwood Hotels, Pearl Jam and Rhianna. Of those, his favorite engagements were with the Nintendo properties and his work with Global Umbro Soccer website.

In his spare time, Iain enjoys walking his beagle, Maisey, swimming or going to see a Broadway show. Most recently, he’s working on a skydiving certification. He has only a dozen more jumps to go to become certified!