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AI Career Notes: October 2019 Edition 

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community -- promotions, new hires and accolades. Here's the AI career news for early October:


Gregory Bryant

Intel has announced that Gregory Bryant has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting directly to the CEO. Bryant is the general manager of Intel’s Client Reporting Group, the largest and most profitable Intel business dedicated to client computing solutions. Bryant joined Intel in 1992 and is based in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Andy Byron

Lacework has announced that Andy Byron is joining as president in a move that Lacework says will help to brand the company as a leader in the cloud and container security market. Prior to Lacework, Byron led sales and marketing as CRO at Cybereason and was president and COO at Fuze. 

“This is a unique opportunity, and I’m honored to have the chance to be part of Lacework and its new generation security platform,” said Byron. “We are building a first-class sales and marketing team to bring our message of cloud and container security, from DevOps to runtime, to buyers who are hungry for a complete platform solution. Customers clearly don’t want to be stuck with last generation vendors who are attempting to cobble together a variety of solutions. Lacework is delivering the right solution for those customers who want to move fast, be agile, and still be secure.”

William Conley

Mercury Systems, Inc. has announced that William Conley has joined the company as SVP and CTO. Prior to joining Mercury, Conley was a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, serving as Director for Electronic Warfare in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

“It’s a privilege to join Mercury at such a pivotal time in our industry and to be with a company at the intersection of technology and defense,” said Conley. “I look forward to working with the leadership team and all my new Mercury colleagues to continue driving technological change, charting our future, and bringing innovative products and services to our valued aerospace and defense industry customers.”

Michelle Johnston Holthaus

Intel also announced that Michelle Johnston Holthaus has been promoted to executive vice president. Holthaus is the general manager of Intel’s Sales, Marketing and Communications Group, reporting to the CEO. She is responsible for global sales and revenue at Intel and leads the company’s effort to foster innovative sales and marketing approaches. Holthaus joined Intel in 1996.

Christian Klein and Jennifer Morgan

SAP has announced that Christian Klein and Jennifer Morgan have been appointed as co-chief executive officers, effective immediately. They replace Bill McDermott, who will serve in an advisory capacity until the end of the year. Morgan joined SAP in 2004 and most recently served as president of the Cloud Business Group; Klein joined SAP two decades ago and most recently served as the company’s COO.

“I could not be more grateful to Hasso Plattner and the Supervisory Board for placing their trust in me and Christian to lead this next chapter for SAP,” said Morgan. Klein added, “As someone who began my career in the halls of SAP, this is the highest honor I can imagine to become co-CEO together with Jennifer.”

Kurt Lauk

Tachyum has announced that Kurt Lauk has joined the company’s board of advisors. Lauk has served on several management boards, including those of Daimler and Audi, and as a member of the European Union parliament. He is founder and president of Globe CP GmbH.

“Tachyum is honored to have an international business and technology luminary of Dr. Lauk’s caliber on our Board of Advisors,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, Tachyum’s founder and CEO. “I am personally excited to work directly with Kurt, to be able to rely on his advice and counsel, especially regarding EU business strategies and how Tachyum can help facilitate EU technological sovereignty.”

Bill McNabb

The IBM board of directors has elected F. William “Bill” McNabb III. McNabb is the former CEO and chairman of The Vanguard Group, Inc., where he served in various leadership roles prior to those appointments. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: “Bill McNabb is an outstanding business executive, well known for his leadership in corporate governance. His experience in global investing and deep commitment to delivering long-term shareholder value will make him a powerful addition to the IBM board.”

Gus Samra

JobDiva has announced that Gus Samra has been named chief revenue officer. Samra, who was formerly head of business development, has been a part of the business development unit at JobDiva for 15 years.

“I’m immensely proud to have been named as JobDiva’s Chief Revenue Officer,” said Samra.  “It will be an honor and a privilege to drive, manage, allocate and coordinate revenue across JobDiva, a breathtakingly innovative organization. As always with JobDiva’s leadership, my focus will be on maximizing our clients’ results—improving the lives of everyone JobDiva’s solutions touch.”

Andrea Siudara

Altair has announced that Andrea Siudara has joined as chief information officer (CIO). Siudara will lead Altair’s global IT team, overseeing IT systems, enterprise business systems and IT business strategy on a global level. Siudara was most recently global director, sales and marketing IT for Ford Motor Company. Previously, she has had roles at Delphi, Dell and General Motors.

“I am honored to be joining Jim and the Altair family,” said Siudara. “Altair solutions are helping drive true engineering and data intelligence innovation across industries worldwide. I’m looking forward to advancing our ability to positively impact so many customers and enabling our internal systems to be a platform for Altair’s growth.”

Karen Walker

Intel has announced that Karen Walker is joining the company as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, effective October 23. Walker joins Intel from Cisco, where she was chief marketing officer since 2015. Before Cisco, Walker worked at Hewlett-Packard, where she held both business and consumer leadership positions.

“Intel is an iconic company at a pivotal moment as it transforms to power a world of new possibilities and expanded market opportunities. It is one of the most globally recognized brands with a strong story to tell. I look forward to joining a great team and building the future of technology together,” Walker said.


Do you know someone that should be included in next month’s list? If so, send us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

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