Jeanne Kahan is an Account Executive for XMI after spending 2 plus years as the Creative Director of XMi. She designed the XMi parent company and divisional brand logos, developed e-business web sites and marketing collateral for diverse clients.
Looking to expand her skills in the technical consulting business, Jeanne joined InfoAdvantage in 2001 to become Creative Director of Web Applications. She coordinated design strategy for information architectures, software applications, prototypes, and business web sites. The company was bought by XMi (XMi Holdings, Inc.) in 2005.
Jeanne began her career in 1979 as an illustrator in the publishing industry. She managed the creative design of books, marketing materials and identity branding.
Always interested in technology, in 1986 she turned towards computing and was hired at Kurt Salmon Associates to develop educational software products and related training materials from their Nashville office. She improved product technical support by developing new processes.
Cascom International, Inc., at the time a premier international film specials effects house, hired her in 1989 as an animator. Her work was used globally and she became their Art Director before leaving in 1992 to form Reka Design, LLC.
As President and Creative Director of Reka Design, Ms. Kahan managed the media solutions firm which focused on web development, video production, and visual branding for customers. Having creative responsibility for projects, budgets and production, her company supplied network infrastructure and technology support to the Leonard Bernstein Center in Nashville, Tennessee, taught technology skills to Metro school teachers, directed video and media presentations for Nortel, and broadcast television ads for local companies. As a consultant she created media presentations that were shown to senior healthcare management from around the country.
An active board member of Women in Technology of Tennessee, she is responsible for web site design and maintenance as Director of Web Development.
In August 2006, an 11 year project in which Ms. Kahan was project manager and 2D designer, the Woman Suffrage Memorial was unveiled in Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee. A life-size, bronze statue featuring Tennessee suffragists represents the efforts of women across Tennessee to gain the right to vote.
As Artistic Director and Associate Producer, Jeanne provided stage design and media production for The Perfect 36 which chronicles the last battle to win voting rights for women in the United States. Produced for theater and performed at the Tennessee Performing Art Center in Nashville, the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville TN, it continues to be perormed in other states from California and Arizona to Michigan and New York. It was also featured on NPR's All Things Considered. The final hour long television version was broadcast on public television stations throughout the United States. This featured video is soon to be released for sale on DVD along with a theatrical script package that includes original music scores and over 180 historical and illustrated slides.
Having spent 2 years in Bangladesh working with the poor, she continues to support not for profit organizations by providing creative design services, hosting, and tech support through Reka Design.
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