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Kent Wills

Kent Wills

Director, Engineering Effectiveness at Yelp

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8 Years


Manager of Managers

Management Experience

Career Path
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Coaching / Training / Mentorship

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Kent currently leads the engineering effectiveness organization (~50) at Yelp, supporting all engineers (>500). Additionally, he leads a group that is focused on reducing bias in the interviewing pipeline for ICs. He was previously involved in helping young women learn more about the tech industry and giving them a head start with the #builtbygirls program and is an active member of the AWE mentorship program at Yelp. Prior to Yelp he served as a US Army officer for four years in various leadership positions from management to director roles.

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  March 4, 2021
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Director, Engineering Effectiveness


Sep 2019 - current

Engineering Effectiveness (EE) is comprised of seven teams and one working group: Core Services, Core Android, Core iOS, Webcore, Developer Insights & Automation, Continuous Integration & Delivery, Design Systems, and the Client Data Platform. Engineering Effectiveness is responsible for making development fast, efficient and simple for Business and Consumer groups at Yelp.

Engineering Manager, Core Web


Nov 2016 - Sep 2019

Engineering manager for the core web team at Yelp (10-12 engineers). Our team promotes engineering effectiveness for Full Stack Developers, Designers, and Product Managers across all product teams at Yelp. This includes maintaining and evolving the Styleguide, building JS and Python infrastructure that is commonly used across all web platforms, architecting web service infrastructure, maintaining i18n infrastructure, and building developer tools.

Software Engineer


May 2014 - Dec 2016


US Army

May 2008 - Jun 2012

Various leadership positions from Manager to Director Roles in Air Defense.

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