Michal Pasternak, Chief Experience Officer, Huge
Age: 34

While browsing Craigslist in 2004, Michal Pasternak saw an ad for a copywriter job at a small agency in Brooklyn and decided to apply. After calling her in for an interview, the agency, Huge, wanted to hire Ms. Pasternak but thought she might be a better fit for its interactive design team. For Ms. Pasternak, who accepted the offer, the switch has paid major dividends.

Quickly proving a star in the brimming field of user-experience design, Ms. Pasternak was soon working on high-profile projects such as a redesign of JetBlue.com. Now the chief experience officer at Huge, she’s had a hand in redesigning NYC.gov and the soon to be relaunched TED.com. And Huge, which was all of 10 people when Ms. Pasternak got there, is now at 700.

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