AI Career Notes: March 2023 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. Here's the place to read about the movers and shakers, your colleagues, your friends, and maybe yourself.
Striim, Inc. appointed Nadim Antar as the company’s senior vice president and general manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa region. Antar brings to Striim having served in leadership positions at companies such as MongoDB, NuoDBfrom, and Dataiku.
“Striim is a market leader in the real-time data integration and streaming space, addressing revenue-impacting business decisions,” said Nadim. “I’m thrilled to join an outstanding team that helps customers unlock the possibilities of real-time data within their organizations. Our partners across EMEA will be a key part of our go-to-market as we continue to deliver value to customers across Retail, FSI, Travel, Healthcare, Telco, and other sectors.”
CloudBees, the software delivery platform for enterprises, appointed Sumeet Arora to its board of directors. Arora currently serves as the chief development officer at ThoughtSpot, where he leads the global engineering and product teams.
“The pace of innovation in software, driven by the exploding cloud ecosystem, is nothing short of staggering, providing a massive opportunity for companies. Joining the board of CloudBees is an exciting opportunity to work alongside an exceptional group of leaders charting new territory in how enterprises develop software,” said Arora. “I look forward to helping software engineers, where I started my career, cover new ground by providing counsel as CloudBees continues on its path of enabling global enterprises with self-service, fast, and secure workflows that connect software delivery to business outcomes.”
Bill Dally, chief scientist and senior vice president of research at Nvidia Corp. and an adjunct professor and former chair of Computer Science at Stanford University, was inducted to the Silicon Valley Engineering Council’s Hall of Fame.
In a blog posted by Nvidia, Dally said, “I am honored to be inducted into the Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. The work for which I am being recognized is part of a large team effort. Many faculty and students participated in the stream processing research at Stanford, and a very large team at NVIDIA was involved in translating this research into GPU computing. It is a really exciting time to be a computer engineer. The future is bright with a lot more demanding applications waiting to be accelerated using the principles of stream processing and accelerated computing.”
Internet2 appointed James Deaton as its vice president of network services. Deaton will be responsible for leading the strategic direction and ongoing operations of Internet2’s network infrastructure and advanced services in support of research, education, and global collaboration.
“I am thrilled to join the talented team at Internet2 and contribute to the organization’s mission of advancing research and education through cutting-edge technologies,” said Deaton. “I look forward to collaborating with our members and partners to continue driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for the community.”
Kinetica appointed Robert DeMartino as its new chief revenue officer. DeMartino brings more than 25 years of experience to Kinetica building all aspects of the customer facing organization from major accounts to enterprise and mid-market sales, channels, customer success and services.
Most recently he was CRO at TigerGraph and before that part of the executive team bringing new and disruptive technologies from data and analytics to the market with Greenplum/Pivotal and Platform up through their acquisitions by Dell/EMC and Workday, respectively.
SiFive, Inc. appointed Adam Dolinko as its chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development. Dolinko brings over 25 years of experience to SiFive leading, negotiating and closing more than 80 transformative corporate IPOs, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic deals.
“Time and time again, Adam has delivered by leading successful IPOs, M&A and complex strategic deals with virtually every titan in the semiconductor ecosystem—he is a key addition to our executive team,” said Patrick Little, SiFive’s Chairman of the Board and CEO. “He brings seasoned leadership as an executive of public companies on different trading markets, deep experience managing investment banks, and his industry expertise maps directly to SiFive’s core sectors. We are delighted that he’s joined us as we work closely with customers and strategic partners to continue to rapidly scale our business and drive the RISC-V ecosystem.”
Veeam Software appointed Dustin Driggs as its chief financial officer. Driggs joined Veeam from Barracuda Networks where he worked for over 16 years, most recently as chief financial officer and senior vice president.
“Veeam is helping to keep businesses running when the unexpected happens, whether it’s ransomware, natural disasters, human error, outages, or a cyber-attack. That’s an incredible value proposition that in turn creates huge opportunity in a fast-growing market,” said Driggs. “I’m excited to join such a talented and innovative team and look forward to the opportunity to contribute to Veeam’s continued global success.”
Digibee, an enterprise integration platform as a service company, appointed Matt Durham as its head of market strategy. Before joining Digibee, Durham held a variety of executive positions at Software AG, SAP, ServiceNow, SUSE and Workato.
“I joined Digibee because I was very impressed with its leadership team, especially their humbleness,” said Durham. “I also joined Digibee because the integration market is strong and high growth and I firmly believe the company’s strong focus on serving enterprise integration requirements sets Digibee apart from many other modern integration companies and provides Digibee a great opportunity to grow bullishly.”
Ryan Farris and Brandon Whitelaw
Qumulo appointed Ryan Farris as its vice president of product. Before joining Qumulo, Farris was the chief technology officer at Anitian, a provider of cloud security and compliance automation. He also served as the product and engineering leader at Amazon.
In addition, Qumulo appointed Brandon Whitelaw as its vice president of strategic partnerships. Whitelaw also comes from Amazon where he led worldwide go-to-market strategy for AWS’s storage portfolio along with vertical solution development. Prior to AWS, Whitelaw was chief of strategy for Dell’s File and Object division.
Dataiku, the platform for everyday AI, appointed Todd Hallett as its senior vice president of go-to-market strategy. At Dataiku, Hallett will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive GTM strategy to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of Dataiku’s sales initiatives.
“After spending over two decades in the enterprise software industry, I believe AI will play a crucial role in driving innovation and performance in the years to come,” said Hallett. “Dataiku is a proven leader in this space and I look forward to empowering the team to continue the company's remarkable momentum.”
QuSecure, Inc. appointed Lisa Hammitt as its first independent director. She currently serves as chairwoman of the board of directors for Intelsat, as well as an outside director with Glassbox Ltd. and Clear Channel Outdoor.
“Quantum security’s time has come, and I see QuSecure as the most innovative company in the space,” said Hammitt. “The incredibly fine-grained encryption enabled by QuSecure’s technology takes CISOs off the defensive and lets them address threats before they emerge. It is an honor to serve on QuSecure’s board, and I look forward to helping them achieve success in such a critically important endeavor.”
Quantinuum appointed Rajeeb Hazra as its chief executive officer. Hazra has more than three decades of experience in supercomputing, quantum, and technical roles across the globe. He will work closely with the executive team to accelerate quantum computing and advance the commercialization of the company.
“I’m honored to step into the CEO role, where I’m excited to focus on helping Quantinuum grow and drive the innovations that will transform the way quantum computing positively impacts the world,” Hazra said. “By building on the solid foundation that Ilyas and the team have laid, we will continue to accelerate Quantinuum into the future.”
Digital.ai, the enterprise platform for AI-driven software development, promoted Derek Holt to the role of chief executive officer. Holt joined Digital.ai in 2020 and most recently served as general manager of the intelligent DevOps division.
“Digital.ai is helping to accelerate digital transformation within the Global 2000,” said Holt. “We have an industry leading AI-powered DevOps platform that enables our customers to improve and secure their software development and delivery process, all while gaining a deeper understanding of the return on investment of their technology spend. I’m excited to come into this role and look forward to working with Stephen, the board, our customers and the Digital.ai team as we write the next chapter of our story.”
John E. Hyten
C3 AI, provider of Enterprise AI software products, announced that General (Ret.) John E. Hyten has been appointed as Special Advisor to C3 AI CEO, Thomas M. Siebel. General Hyten initially joined the C3 AI advisory board in June 2022 after retiring from 40 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, most recently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“General Hyten’s deep experience and insights into the role of enterprise AI in enhancing security of the U.S. and its allies has been tremendously valuable and I am looking forward to deepening our relationship as C3 AI expands its engagements with U.S. defense and intelligence agencies,” said Thomas M. Siebel, C3 AI CEO.
The former senior director of artificial intelligence at Tesla Andrej Karpathy has rejoined OpenAI, where he was one of the founding members and research scientist. In 2017, Karpathy announced he was leaving Tesla after spending five years leading the computer vision team of Tesla Autopilot.
“Some personal news: I am joining OpenAI (again :)),” Karpathy announced in a Twitter post. “Like many others both in/out of AI, I am very inspired by the impact of their work and I have personally benefited greatly from it. The future potential is especially exciting; it is a great pleasure to jump back in and build!”
Cortical.io, a Vienna-based artificial intelligence developer, appointed Dr. Rainer Kegel as its chief executive officer. Kegel will be responsible for the strategic development of the company.
“Data science is an absolute future topic. It is still barely integrated into corporate processes, so I see enormous growth potential,” said Kegel. “Cortical.io has developed an AI system that helps companies make labor-intensive, document-centric processes more efficient. In many organizations, documents are still reviewed and processed manually because no software is able to handle the intricacies of human language. When thousands of documents are involved, this tedious, error-prone work ties up too many human resources. Cortical.io solutions understand the meaning of text, a capability that enables the automation of new enterprise workflows.”
Laurie Locascio, under secretary of commerce for standards and technology and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Locascio leads NIST’s collaborative efforts with industry, academia and government to unleash U.S. innovation by advancing technology, measurements and standards.
Locascio is also working to advance and grow NIST’s work in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum information science, cybersecurity and privacy, biotechnology, energy and advanced communications.
Scott Lundgren and John Spiliotis
NetSPI, a provider of enterprise penetration testing and offensive security solutions, appointed Scott Lundgren and John Spiliotis to its board of directors. Lundgren currently serves as the chief technology officer at VMware Carbon Black.
Spiliotis currently serves as a sales and go-to-market advisor with NetSPI investor KKR. Prior to his advisory engagement with the global investment firm, he held several executive sales positions with high-growth technology companies, most recently as the senior vice president of sales at Palo Alto Networks.
Interactions, a provider of conversational artificial intelligence solutions, appointed Matt Malek as its chief financial officer. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer at GenVault and DocuVault, respectively.
“Transformation has been a throughline of my career, and I’m drawn to companies with the vision to define how a category operates,” said Malek. “As customer experience becomes more personalized, more automated and more essential by the day, there is no better company to capitalize on the growth opportunity than Interactions.”
Acceldata, an enterprise data observability platform provider, appointed Mike McQuaid as its chief revenue officer. McQuaid joined Acceldata from CognitiveScale, where he managed all go-to-market teams including sales, customer success, and revenue operations.
McQuaid brings more than 20 years of experience to Acceldata with a background in enterprise software sales. He also spent ten years at SAP selling its solutions to the financial sector.
The Open Compute Project Foundation, the non-profit organization bringing hyperscale innovations to all, appointed David Ramku of Meta to its board of directors. Prior to joining Meta, Ramku spent 18 years at Intel. In his most recent role, he served as the General Manager of the Infrastructure Processing Unit business.
“The OCP Foundation and the Community welcome David and we are excited to have his leadership and experience to help guide us through the next decade and beyond. We also would like to express our gratitude to Mark Roenigk for his long-standing services, support and guidance,” said George Tchaparian, CEO for the Open Compute Project Foundation.
Hitachi Vantara, a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., appointed Sheila Rohra as its business strategy officer. Most recently, Rohra served as the senior vice president and general manager of the data infrastructure business at HPE.
“Organizations are more challenged than ever when it comes to how they store, manage, and utilize their data,” said Rohra. "The challenges are only compounded against a backdrop of hybrid and multi cloud complexities and growing macroeconomic uncertainty around the world. That's why I'm thrilled to join Hitachi Vantara at this time. Together, we have a unique opportunity to leverage our data-driven technologies, solutions, and capabilities to help customers personalize and co-create the solutions they need to meet their business objectives.”
Quantum Computing Inc., a full-stack quantum software and hardware company, appointed James Simon, a former senior Central Intelligence Agency officer and former executive at Microsoft to establish and lead the Company’s technical advisory board.
“With the commercialization of QCI’s initial product offering, I believe the company’s decision to launch a technical advisory board is well-timed,” said Simon. “Our mission is to ensure that the strategic evolution of QCI’s technology meets its objectives, while remaining sufficiently agile to confront the challenges inherent in an emerging field. A key role of the board is to help maintain a balance between competitive, technological development and profitable economic growth.”
C3 AI, the enterprise AI software application company, appointed KR Sridhar to its board of directors. Sridhar is the chief executive officer, chairman and founder of Bloom Energy. Prior to Bloom Energy, he was the director of the Space Technologies Laboratory at the University of Arizona, and a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering.
“C3 AI has established itself as a leader in digital transformation in the energy sector and beyond, serving organizations across industries as they use AI to address critical ESG and sustainability issues,” said Sridhar. “I’m excited to join the company at this critical juncture, and I look forward to working alongside an industry-leading team of experts to drive progress.”
Infinidat, a provider of enterprise storage solutions, promoted Steve Sullivan to chief revenue officer. Sullivan previously held the position of executive vice president and general manager of the Americas region.
“I am honored to be promoted to chief revenue officer and look forward to continuing to work with our talented teams across the globe to drive revenue growth and expand our market share,” said Sullivan. “We have such a highly differentiated value proposition for our customers, and we continually rank highest in customer success, two key components for continued growth. We will always continue to extend our investments in the total customer experience, ranging from solution architecting in collaboration with our channel partners to our white glove service and support that has earned the loyalty of global enterprises around the world.”
SEMI Supply Chain Management Industry Advisory Council
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, have announced that members of its Supply Chain Management Initiative have formed an Industry Advisory Council, a group of industry leaders that will guide the initiative in its mission to advance an agile and resilient global electronics supply chain.
The Council will develop solutions to help SEMI members better withstand supply chain disruptions and make proactive decisions to protect their businesses and supplier networks. For more on each member, click here.
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