40 under 40: Archana Thiagarajan

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Archana Thiagarajan

Archana Thiagarajan

Adobe Systems, Lehi

AGE: 38
BORN: Secunderabad, India
TITLE: Senior manager experience design

Archana Thiagarajan has designed one crisp, creative career. Eastman Kodak, Texas Center for Applied Technology, Omniture, and now Adobe all dot her resume. She regularly presents at regional and local conferences. And she organized a design hack-a-thon for more than 150 teens at Adobe.

The RED Talking “I’m inclusive and democratic most times; fiery and authoritative if the situation demands.”

Favorite Accomplishment “Built a kick-ass team, ground-up, at Adobe.”

Dream Jobs “As a kid I wanted be a professional ballet dancer. Now my career aspirations are to become a CXO and to lead design as a company culture.”

Favorite Personality to Work With “Personalities that come to me with not only the problem, but with the intention to solve it.”

What A Cliche “The one I dislike is ‘fail fast.’ It’s often a misused excuse for tardiness. A quote I love from J.K. Rowling: ‘It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’”

Youthful Advice “You don’t have to do it all. Surround yourself with people who have good energy — unafraid of hard work and with good hearts. Doing it together is so much more powerful.”

Meet the rest of the “40 under 40” here.

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