Karen Roter Davis '94

Leadership Team at X, the moonshot factory

Karen Roter Davis ‘94 is part of the leadership team at X, managing a portfolio of early stage projects, helping moonshot technologies make the transition to successful businesses. She returned to Alphabet after Google’s 2016 acquisition of Urban Engines, a movement analytics startup, where she was general manager.

Prior, Karen was Managing Director of GE Ventures, Software & Analytics, where she kick-started partnership, acquisition, and investment strategies to advance GE’s Industrial Internet capabilities across its multi-billion dollar industrial businesses. Before GE, Karen held interim leadership roles at several startups driving strategy, growth, and key hires.

Previously as a Google executive, she led a range of early stage teams as well as internal operations for Google’s IPO in 2004. She is an Industrial Advisor to EQT, a Stockholm-based global private equity firm, and serves on the Board of Innovyze, a leading software provider to the water industry. Karen is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, where she has taught “Business of Innovation.” 

Karen holds an M.B.A./J.D. from Northwestern University and an A.B. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.