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SOPHIE LEFEBVRE

I love taking products from idea to market!

Would you like to know...

  • my involvement with the brands Minecraft, Peppa Pig, or Oster?

  • how I generated over $200M in incremental revenue?

  • how have I developed hundreds of global  products?

  • how I turned a drawing on a napkin into an online platform?

  • why did I choose to become an independent consultant? ​

If you do, follow me behind the resume. 

 

BEHIND THE RESUME

I have always been fascinated by the manufacturing and tech world and have been known to spend my spare time visiting manufacturing plants or testing apps. This fascination has led me to work on hundreds of products generating over $200M in incremental revenue.

2020 AND BEYOND - FOCUSING ON PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

I am currently consulting as a fractional Director of Product Management and Strategy, for a CPA firm, working on launching continuing education classes (in English and Spanish) dedicated to banking compliance. My focus is product management and marketing. 

Finding myself unemployed in 2020 and giving the economic challenges the world was facing, it was important for me to take some time to volunteer, help others, attend webinars, take classes, and network. This introspection time helped me realize that managing products makes me happy. 

2019 - GAINING AN INSIDER PERSPECTIVE OF TECH MANUFACTURING

In my role at Cosmo, I led the marketing communications (internal and external), the product marketing, business partnerships, and the product management functions, leading the company’s effort to expand internal product development. I navigated between three locations, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Dongguan, China. 

I gained invaluable product development insights by being exposed to multinational technology companies,  innovative products, and automation solutions. Being on the manufacturing side gave me a unique understanding of the OEM, CM, CEM, and ECM components. 

2015 TO 2019 - ENTERING THE STARTUPS, CONSUMER TECH, AND CONSULTING WORLD

I always had a passion for entrepreneurship and tech. When the opportunity came to become an independent consultant and be involved in the development of various consumer tech products, I took it. I sourced clients, developed proposals, and worked on 14 accounts while giving back as a startup mentor. 

Working on SaaS, mobile applications, IoT, and smart products broaden my product management, marketing, and business development knowledge. I also co-founded an acceleration platform for startups in Miami, FL,  this was short-lived but became an irreplaceable experience in my career. 

2014 TO 2015 - TOYS TO TECH (MINECRAFT AND A DRAWING ON A NAPKIN)

Joining a high growth company to lead the product development team in a highly seasonal business like children's toys is an amazing challenge. Jazwares worked with licensed brands and started developing small figures and plush for Minecraft when I started, which led me to spend a month at the factory in China. 


While in China, I was given my first opportunity at consumer tech. What started as a drawing on a napkin turned into the online platform, JazWings. After working on it for ten months, it launched at New York Comic Con with 500 subscribers. Hard to think that a year prior I had never heard of agile or scrum. 

2007 TO 2014 - FROM INTERNATIONAL PM TO MANAGING A $70M REVENUE BUSINESS UNIT

What was supposed to be 6 months, turned into the most formative 7 years of my product management career. I was the twelfth employee in the newly-formed international division of Jarden. In less than a year, the once US-centric product line launched on 5 continents with technical manuals in 12 languages.

I was formulating visions and goals; driving strategies; creating roadmaps; working in a cross-functional team; hiring, leading, managing a product team; presenting to the board; adapting the stage-gate process; and most importantly for me, launching products that enabled professionals (groomers; barbers) to earn a living. 

PRE 2014 - MOVING AROUND THE WORLD AND CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

For over 10 years, I was (now divorced) a USMC spouse. While this meant moving often, for me it meant creating once-of-a-kind opportunities to work in various fields and always learning.


To name a few, in the UK (from customer service rep to leading 2 pan-European paint brands), in Southern California (from program manager of professional services at Fujitsu to market researcher for a division of First American Corporation), or in Arizona (working on legal case discoveries at the JAG Office on a military base). 

FUN FACTS

  1. I was born in France and came to the US to finish my undergraduate degree.

  2. I lived in 12 cities, 7 states in the US, and also spent 4 years in the UK.

  3. I was a digital nomad for 2 years.

 

DISCOVER SOME OF THE BRANDS AND COMPANIES I WORKED WITH

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Consumer Electronics Manufacturing

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SaaS Cloud Solution
HaaS

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Gaming

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IoT
Mobile Application

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Connected Products Subscription

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CPG/Manufacturing

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Toys, Consumer Electronics Manufacturing

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Subscription Platform Mobile Application

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Children Toys
Licensing

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Consumer Products Manufacturing

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Retail and Professional 
Pet Products

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Professional Beauty Products

 
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT & STRATEGY (CONTRACTED AS CONSULTANT)

STRATEGIES WITHOUT BORDERS

January 2020 - Present

HEAD OF MARKETING & STRATEGIC PLANNING - PRODUCT MANAGEMENT LEAD

COSMO

February 2019 - January 2020

HEAD OF PRODUCT MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

STRATEGIES WITHOUT BORDERS

October 2015 - February 2019

VP PRODUCT MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

JAZWINGS (JAZWARES)

January 2015 - November 2015

SENIOR DIRECTOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

JAZWARES

July 2014 - May 2015

GLOBAL PRODUCT & MARKETING DIRECTOR - OSTER PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JARDEN CONSUMER SOLUTIONS

July 2007 - July 2014

 
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EDUCATION

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)

MASTER OF ARTS IN ECONOMICS
(All but thesis completed)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BSBA)
Managerial Finance

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

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August 2016 - December 2020

NUUTOK

ADVISER

PRODUCT MARKETING

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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October 2018 - December 2020

MOVE38

ADVISER

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

PRODUCT MARKETING

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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April 2020 - Present

TEAL HQ

META MEMBER

PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON

PRODUCTS AND PROGRAMS

 

TESTIMONIALS

what are people saying

 

"Sophie helped to collect important data and helped to structure this idea to make it real."

Co-Founder

Cosmo Supply Ltd