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AI Talent News Roundup: Fei-Fei Li and Sebastian Thrun Join Nimble Robotics’ Board; Microsoft UK Appoints First Chief Data Officer; DeepMind Builds a New York Team

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Fei-Fei Li and Sebastian Thrun Join Board of Directors at Warehouse Automation Startup, Nimble Robotics

San Francisco-based robotics and e-commerce company, Nimble Robotics, has appointed Fei-Fei Li and Sebastian Thrun to their Board of Directors. Fei-Fei Li is a Computer Science Professor at Stanford University, Co-Director of Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), and former Chief Scientist of AI at Google Cloud. Sebastian Thrun is the Founder of GoogleX and Waymo, Co-Founder of Udacity, and former Director of Stanford’s AI Lab. These new appointments come as Nimble Robotics announces it has raised $50 million in Series A funding from various venture capitalists such as DNS Capital and GSR Ventures. [Read More]

Fei-Fei Li and Sebastian Thrun Join Board of Directors at Warehouse Automation Startup, Nimble Robotics
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Sumit Gupta, Former VP at IBM, Joins Google as Senior Director of Machine Learning Infrastructure Division 

Sumit Gupta has been hired by Google as Senior Director of ML Infrastructure. Within this role, he will be responsible for product management of Google’s internal ML infrastructure. Prior to this, Sumit Gupta was VP of AI Strategy and CTO of Data and AI at IBM, and General Manager of AI and the GPU Accelerated Data Center at NVIDIA. [Read More]

Sumit Gupta, Former VP at IBM, Joins Google as Senior Director of Machine Learning Infrastructure Division 
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Microsoft UK Appoints, Azure Chief of Staff, Robin Sutara as Chief Data Officer

Microsoft UK has hired Robin Sutara as their Chief Data Officer, she will be the first person to take a role of this sort within the organization. Robin Sutara will be responsible for collaborating with Microsoft Partners within the UK, examining how they leverage data and AI, and working with them to create solutions for banking, retail, healthcare, and other sectors. She has worked at Microsoft for 20 years, previously she was Chief of Staff at Azure Data Engineering, and prior to that, she was Director of Business Management. [Read More]

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Cloud Computing Company, Rubrik Hires Ajay Sabhlok, Former Sr. Director at VMware, as Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer

Rubrik, Palo Alto-based Cloud Computing and Data Company, has hired Ajay Sabhlok as Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer. Ajay Sabhlok will oversee comprehensive IT, data, and advanced analytics strategies. Before working at Rubrik, he was at VMware as Sr. Director, and at Logitech as IT Director. [Read More]

Cloud Computing Company, Rubrik Hires Ajay Sabhlok, Former Sr. Director at VMware, as Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer
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Cognitive Automation company, Aera Technology, Hires AI & Automation Veteran, Pascal Bornet as Chief Data Officer

California-based Automation company, Aera Technology, has hired Pascal Bornet as Chief Data Officer. Within this role, Pascal Bornet will help Aera’s global customers to navigate and benefit from its cloud-based cognitive automation software. Pascal Bornet has 20+ years of experience in AI and automation, leading automation practices at McKinsey & Company and EY, he is also the lead author of the bestselling book “Intelligent Automation: Harnessing AI to Boost Business and Make Our World More Human”. [Read More]

Cognitive Automation company, Aera Technology, Hires AI & Automation Veteran, Pascal Bornet as Chief Data Officer
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Google’s DeepMind to Build an AI Research Team in New York

DeepMind has been hiring a team of researchers from New York. Among those who have joined DeepMind’s team is Rob Fergus, Co-Founder of Facebook AI Research (FAIR), currently leading DeepMind’s new team. DeepMind has not specified how many people are working in this team in New York, however, LinkedIn data suggests it is between 10-15. DeepMind has hired people from New York in the past, such as Christine Kaeser-Chen, former Engineer Interim at Flutter, and Harvard Graduate and Princeton Researcher, Ishita Dasgupta. [Read More]

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Quick Reads:

  • NeuReality, Israeli AI chip startup, appoints Naveen Rao, former General Manager at Intel’s AI products group, to its Board of Directors
  • Aspen Technology, asset optimization software company, appoints Chantelle Breithaupt, former SVP at Cisco Finance, as SVP and CFO.
  • Confluent, an event streaming provider, has hired Stephanie Buscemi, former SalesForce CMO, as its own CMO
  • IBM announces various new senior leadership appointments at NewCo, its Infrastructure Services business which has recently been separated from the main components of IBM.
  • Databricks, a Data and AI company, Appoints Vinod Marur, former VP of Engineering at Google, as SVP of Engineering.
  • Teradata, multi-cloud data platform, appoints Barry Russell as SVP of Business Development and GM of Cloud; previously he was SVP of Cloud at Qumulo.
  • KPMG Canada appoints Kristine Remedios as Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity; previously she was Director of this area at KPMG.
  • Cisco appoints Marianna Tessel, CTO of Intuit, to its Board of Directors

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