Shawn Jenkins is an entrepreneur and technology visionary known for transforming the massive employer benefits industry by moving it to the cloud. He is the co-founder and Senior Advisor for Innovation of Benefitfocus. He previously served as CEO, taking the company public in September 2013, before deciding to step down in 2017.
Jenkins has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being recognized as a South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit. He also received the Trailblazer Award from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the ThinkTEC Award for leadership in advancing a knowledge-based economy in the Charleston region. Jenkins has been featured in multiple publications including the prestigious New York Times Corner Office column.
With a passion for engineering and education, Jenkins serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Computing at Clemson University and was a member of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Board of Directors, the College of Charleston Board of Governors, the Charleston Southern University Board of Visitors and the Lowcountry Food Bank Board of Directors. Prior to founding Benefitfocus, he served as Vice President at American Pensions.
Jenkins has focused his personal philanthropy on advancing children's health care through his contributions to MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital.
Jenkins holds an MBA from Charleston Southern University, a bachelor's degree from Geneva College, and has his commercial pilot's license. He lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and three children.