AI Career Notes: July 2022 Edition
In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community – promotions, new hires and accolades:
Tenstorrent appointed David Bennett as its chief customer officer. Prior to joining Tenstorrent, Bennett served as the president of Lenovo Japan. He also served as the chief executive officer of NEC Personal Computers, and as a global vice president at Lenovo.
“What excites me most about Tenstorrent is that its technology scales from a single chip to a thousand chips, and from low power all the way up to megawatt data centers. $1,000 cards to $1m high density racks are powered by a single software stack that supports inference and training and a wide range of models which is a game changer,” said Bennett. “I’ve spoken with Ljubisa and Jim, and we intend to open source the compiler software stack so that our AI developer community can add functionality and also see the inner workings of the stack. We want developers to be able to solve their own problems rather than being blocked by opaque and proprietary solutions.”
CGG appointed Agnès Boudot to lead the newly created business unit named HPC & Cloud Solutions. Boudot brings to CGG over 30 years of experience in IT, HPC, storage & media, and visualization. Before joining CGG, she led the global HPC, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Business Line at Atos.
“The HPC and cloud solutions markets offer CGG significant and immediate business opportunities that capitalize on our well-established HPC and cloud computing strengths,” said Sophie Zurquiyah, CGG CEO. “I look forward to working with Agnès, whose industry leadership will support and accelerate the development of our technology and go-to-market activities in this promising area of growth for CGG.”
Lumeo, a designer of computer vision solutions, appointed Andrew Cianciosi as its head of sales. Cianciosi has a proven track record in technical sales for large enterprises and national accounts, specializing in physical security and cloud-hosted access control and CCTV solutions.
“I am excited to join the Lumeo team and help new clients around the country solve their problems using the power of video analytics. Lumeo offers a powerful, proven technology and their growth has caught the eye of the industry,” said Cianciosi. “I feel that my experience with designing and installing enterprise security systems, coupled with my know-how of working with national accounts, will help extend the reach of Lumeo beyond typical security customers.”
Green Revolution Cooling (GRC), a provider of single-phase immersion cooling for datacenters solutions, appointed Ken Copeland as its vice president of NA business development, hyperscale market. Copeland will work closely with the business development teams directing GRC’s solutions that meet the unique needs of the large, high-performing hyperscale data center clients
GRC appointed Albert Suarez as its business development director of global telecommunications. Suarez brings to GRC two decades of experience in networking and telecom. Most recently he served as director, of global access strategy at NTT Global Networks, where he led global efforts for building relationships with enterprise customers.
Affinity appointed Dustin Deno as its chief revenue officer. Deno brings over 15 years of experience in SaaS, including building and scaling sales teams at Salesforce and Showpad. While at Showpad, Deno helped to grow global sales teams after the company secured its Series D funding. Deno will lead Affinity’s sales organization and prepare for the company’s next stage of maturity.
In addition, Rich Bessel joined Affinity as its vice president of design. Bessel will drive the company’s future product design from end to end. His experience includes key roles at Robinhood, where in his first year he led a team to create an award-winning corporate rebrand, helping the company to reach 11.7 million monthly active users by December 2020.
CoolIT Systems appointed Evelyn Golba to the newly created role of vice president of people. Golba will be responsible for leading the company’s people management practices along with spearheading their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to further reinforce their strong employee culture.
“I am so excited to be joining CoolIT at such a pivotal point in the company’s journey,” expressed Golba, “The company is filled with great people, and I look forward to helping our team members reach their potential in any way I can.”
Amplitude, Inc. appointed Thomas Hansen as its first president. Hansen will oversee all aspects of Amplitude’s go-to-market organization, including revenue, operations, customer success, partnerships, and marketing. Hansen most recently took UiPath public as its chief revenue officer and helped the company reach nearly $1 billion in annual recurring revenue.
"Every organization is transforming its business to thrive in a digital world, and I believe Amplitude is primed to solve the growth challenges ahead of every product, technical and customer team," said Hansen. "Data-driven products are what sets businesses apart today, and I can’t wait to work alongside Spenser and the team to evolve and innovate our business and strategy. We want to empower every company to deliver amazing digital customer experiences, and Amplitude is key to making that happen."
Rockport Networks appointed Phil Harris as its chief executive officer. Prior to Rockport Networks, Harris was vice president and group manager with Intel Corp., where he was responsible for its Data Center Systems and Solutions Group including full P&L responsibility as well as leadership across strategy, architecture, product management, marketing, systems development engineering, global supply chain and product support/customer success functions.
“We’re entering a new age of high-performance networking where the industrialization of HPC, the shifting sands of AI and demands of composable infrastructure are changing the way we approach our greatest compute, storage, and environmental challenges,” said Harris. “Our approach to tackling the fabric of the future is a complete gamechanger.”
AMD appointed Mathew Hein as its chief strategy officer and senior vice president of corporate development. Hein will be responsible for advancing the company’s strategy across an expanded market for high-performance and adaptive computing solutions and will work closely with the AMD executive team to accelerate the company’s next phase of growth.
Hein brings extensive experience in strategic planning and business development, technology investment banking and capital raising transactions for established and emerging growth companies in the semiconductor, high-performance computing and broader technology markets. He joins AMD from DBO Partners, where he served as lead advisor to AMD on a number of opportunities.
C3 AI, the enterprise AI software company, appointed retired U.S. Air Force General John E. Hyten to its advisory board. Hyten recently retired after serving as the 11th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2019 to 2021.
“C3 AI is forging the way. They continue to lead the adoption and deployment of mission-critical AI across our nation, and in particular in the United States defense and intelligence sectors,” said General Hyten. “I am proud to join the C3 AI team at such a critical time in our nation’s history. The incorporation of new and advanced technology is essential for our national and economic security. I look forward to helping all our customers while focusing particularly on assisting our defense industry in leveraging the impressive capabilities of C3 AI’s Enterprise AI.”
Pasqal appointed Catherine Lefebvre as its vice president of strategic business development in North America. Lefebvre will be based in the Boston office to help drive the company’s commercial and strategic partnership efforts and serve as the primary point of contact for U.S.-based clients and partners.
Prior to joining Pasqal, Lefebvre served in multiple roles, including as U.S. and Canada Innovation Ambassador for quantum technology company M Squared; advisor in quantum technologies at Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation; and as science liaison officer for Element AI (acquired by ServiceNow), a developer of AI solutions.
High-perormance computer scientist George Markomanolis announced in a Twitter post he is joining AMD in a new role based in Grenoble. He joins AMD from CSC – IT Center for Science, where he served as lead HPC scientist. Before CSC, he served as HPC engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“I was lucky enough to be part of amazing teams, and this continues as I am starting 1st July a new role with AMD based in Grenoble,” Markomanolis said. “I am so excited with the new upcoming challenges and the amazing opportunities to help scientists utilize efficiently the AMD GPUs among many other tasks. I am looking forward to meeting the AMD family and collaborating with many people.”
Signal AI appointed Dr. Alexandre Pinto as its senior vice president of data science. During his 2-year background in data science, he has designed and delivered data & AI strategies, governance, products and services for companies including Outra and Accenture.
“Signal AI is at the center of AI innovation,” Pinto said. “From its people to its products, Signal AI is poised to continue reshaping the way AI is used for external intelligence insights generation and I am looking forward to helping the company deliver on that vision.”
Qlik appointed Chris Powell as its chief marketing officer. Powell will be responsible for leading Qlik’s worldwide marketing and communications organization, managing a multi-disciplinary team responsible for brand awareness, messaging, demand management, and communications.
“Qlik sets the standard with the most complete solutions available for data integration and analytics,” said Powell. “Together with our partner ecosystem, customers of all sizes around the world count on Qlik to give them the confidence they need to leverage data and innovate in amazing ways. I’m excited for what the future holds for Qlik.”
DataRobot appointed Chris Riley as its president of worldwide field operations. Riley will be responsible for accelerating the company’s revenue growth and global footprint, bringing DataRobot to organizations across all industries and geographies. Riley previously served as chief revenue officer for Automation Anywhere.
“DataRobot is driving the cutting edge of AI,” said Chris Riley, President of Worldwide Field Operations, DataRobot. “I’m thrilled to join the world-class team at DataRobot and excited to expand our impact even further while arming customers with the tools they need to thrive in an evolving market, today and in the future.”
WorkJam appointed David Rogers as its vice president of sales in the EMEA region. Rogers brings 20 years of SaaS experience to WorkJam. Across his career, David has worked with retail, hospitality, and banking SaaS organizations, including Aptos and Reflexis, recently acquired by Zebra.
"We are excited to have David join the team," said Mark Williams, Managing Director of EMEA. "His expertise and profound understanding of the challenges our European customers face will be integral to helping us solve their challenges and revolutionize their frontline workforce in the process by helping them to build a people-first culture."
Atos promoteod Nathalie Sénéchault to the role of chief financial officer. Sénéchault brings over twenty years of experience in finance to Atos. She joined Atos almost seven years ago, where she has been serving most recently as deputy chief financial officer.
“[Sénéchault] is a highly experienced executive with extensive experience in corporate finance, “ said Rodolphe Belmer, Chief Executive Officer of Atos. “As Atos embarks on a transformation journey and intends to open the next chapter in its history, I know that we can capitalize on her in-depth knowledge of the company and the business to make this turnaround plan a success.”
Dataiku, the platform for everyday AI, appointed Bridget Shea as its new chief customer officer. Shea brings a background in data science and analytics and a track record of managing customer success and sales teams within rapidly scaling software companies. Prior to joining Dataiku, Shea served as the CCO of collaborative intelligence company Mural.
“As an advisor for the past few years, I’ve seen firsthand just how essential Dataiku is for organizations to become truly data driven. These transformations are powered by an incredibly impressive team and industry-leading technology” said Shea. “Dataiku is at the forefront of a revolutionary change in how business gets done and I’m looking forward to collaborating with new and existing customers to help them achieve valuable business outcomes through the use of analytics and AI.”
DartPoints, the edge digital infrastructure provider, appointed Jackie Steinberg as its channel chief. Steinberg will lead DartPoints’ channel program, develop and nurture relationships with the channel community, and ultimately scale and streamline DartPoints’ channel sales function.
“Given my background in growing industry channel programs, with a particular passion for solving customers’ technology issues, DartPoints is an exciting next step,” Steinberg said. “I’m thrilled to show the incredible value of DartPoints’ infrastructure and cloud solutions to the channel community that I’m so passionate about.”
ColdQuanta appointed Dr. Bob Sutor as its vice president of corporate development. Sutor most recently served as a member of the IBM Quantum leadership team and was previously VP for mathematical sciences at IBM Research.
“Taking this next step with ColdQuanta presents the opportunity to continue my journey in quantum with one of the industry’s most promising companies,” Sutor said.“The extraordinary technical and business team at ColdQuanta have set the company on an impressive growth trajectory. ‘Quantum’ is much more than quantum computers in data centers, and ColdQuanta’s expertise in cold atom quantum technology will yield commercial products in computing as well as sensors, including atomic clocks, positioning systems, and finely tuned RF receivers.”
Lenovo Group appointed Cher Wang Hsiueh Hong and Xue Lan as independent non-executive directors of the company. Wang is the co-founder and chairwoman of HTC Corporation and has established a number of IT-related businesses over her 40 years in the industry, including the establishment of VIA Technologies Inc.
Lan is currently a professor at Tsinghua University, where he teaches and has research interests in Public Policy and Management, Science and Technology Policy, Crisis Management and Global Governance at Tsinghua University. He is the Dean of Schwarzman College and the Dean of the Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University.
NTT Research, Inc., a division of NTT, appointed Dr. Brent Waters as its director of the company’s cryptography and information security lab. Waters joined NTT Research in 2019 as a distinguished scientist.
“With increased in-office interaction and a simpler organizational structure, I expect to see organic growth in projects with two or three lab members involved, especially in some of our areas of focus, such as advanced encryption systems, quantum cryptography, and multi-party computation,” Waters said. “It has been a privilege helping to build out the CIS Lab to its current position, and I look forward to seeing our team make continued contributions to many areas of cryptographic research.”
ComplyAdvantage, a data technology company transforming financial crime detection, appointed Mark Watson as its chief technology officer. Watson will lead all engineering and technical innovation efforts including the expansion of the company's proprietary knowledge graph called ComplyData.
"ComplyAdvantage is a model-first company and the team has done an outstanding job building a data business that is ideal for fighting the growing volume, velocity and complexity of financial crimes around the world," said Watson. "My goal over the coming quarters is to expand our data and technology footprint so that we can continue to be the leading and most trusted anti-money laundering resource to our tier one banking, crypto, fintech and financial services customers around the world."
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