Software developer through VP of Engineering at several companies, Bennett's career spans circuit design automation for the US satellite program and commercial customers, compiler technology, secure networking, IT management systems, financial software, and consumer software, most frequently in the form of high-transaction volume and big data systems. One of his teams created the approximate equivalent of Siri 12 years before Apple released it. That work is in the Smithsonian Institute for Outstanding Achievement in Information Technology, 1999, was marketed privately, OEM'd, and also became the virtual assistant in the original version of OnStar. He is currently leading the eBay Structured Data Engineering Group, Americas, using machine learning and traditional programming to turn seller input and product data from many sources into richly inter-related, semantically-based information to power ever-improving buyer experiences.
Management expertise in product strategy, feature definition, staffing, product roadmaps, internal and external presentations, engineering management, agile product development process, and inter-disciplinary team relationships and efficiency.
Bennett has been certified in ITIL, and as both a Scrum Master and a Scrum Product Owner, as well as being an experienced hands-on engineer and leader.
Teams led by Bennett created products that:
- Supported millions of transactions per month in the world's largest cloud-based authentication system for remote networking, with zero end-user visible outages in over four years of always-on service.
- Provided consumer and business products in a wide range of vertical markets.
- Produced work that was written up in Scientific American, won numerous awards, and became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, for Outstanding Achievement in Information Technology.
- Contributed to successful acquisition and IPO events.
- Provided value to consumers and businesses, earning value for shareholders.