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November 12, 2020

This is the TalentSeer AI News Roundup for the first half of November 2020. You can find the most relevant and recent news about the AI talent, aimed specifically at tech leaders, VCs, and members of the AI field. Subscribe here to receive these roundups twice a month via email. 


Guido van Rossum, Creator of Python, Leaves Retirement to Join Microsoft

Guido van Rossum, the creator of the Python programming language, announced that he has left retirement to join Microsoft’s Developer Division as a Distinguished Engineer. Neither Guido van Rossum or Microsoft has explained what exactly he will be doing, but he has said it will “make using Python better for sure”. Before retirement, Guido van Rossum worked at Dropbox as a Principal Engineer, and Google as a Senior Staff Software Engineer. [Read More]

Guido van Rossum, Creator of Python, Leaves Retirement to Join Microsoft
(Source: GitHub)

CMU Exec Director For The Center of Machine Learning and Health Center, Joe Marks, Joins Weta Digital as New CTO 

Weta Digital, a visual effects company from New Zealand, has appointed Joe Marks as their CTO, overseeing technology initiatives for visual effects and animation, and helping to unite Weta Digital’s AI initiatives with real-time technology. Joe Marks is also the Executive Director for the Center of Machine Learning and Health at Carnegie Mellon University, and previously worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs as a research director. [Read More]

CMU Exec Director of Machine Learning and Health Center, Joe Marks, Joins Weta Digital as New CTO 
(Source: Carnegie Mellon University)

Twitch Hires Former Microsoft Executive Angela Hession as Head of Trust and Safety

Twitch has hired Angela Hession as their global VP of Trust and Safety. This comes as Twitch continues to build their safety operations team. Angela Hession has 20 years of experience working with Microsoft as Global Head of Gaming Safety and Trust, Strategy Leader, and HoloLens Principal Program Lead. Her aim is to make Twitch a more inclusive space. [Read More]

Twitch Hires Former Microsoft Executive Angela Hession as Head of Trust and Safety
(Source: Twitch)

Instacart Appoints Former LinkedIn Chief People Officer, Christina Hall, as Chief Human Resources Executive 

Instacart, a San-Francisco based grocery delivery company, has appointed Christina Hall as their first Chief Human Resources Officer. Her aim will be to build employee retention and develop human resources strategies regarding recruiting, diversity, and equity. Most notably, Christina Hall was previously SVP and Chief People Officer at LinkedIn, as well taking HR roles at Facebook. Christina Hall has said she wishes to create a “holistic people strategy” at Instacart. [Read More]

Instacart Appoints Former LinkedIn Chief People Officer, Christina Hall, as Chief Human Resources Executive 
(Source: Instacart)

Subscription Management Service, Zuora, Hires Valerie Jackson as First Chief Diversity Officer

California-based cloud subscription management company, Zuora, has appointed Valerie Jackson as its first Chief Diversity Officer, where she will lead its diversity and inclusion strategy across its global workforce. Prior to this, Valerie Jackson worked as Senior Director of Global Inclusion and Diversity at Procore technologies, and Director of Diversity at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, where she was recruited by Stacey Abrams, former Georgia state representative, and governor candidate. [Read More]

(Source: Procure)

Ex-DLA Piper Partner, Stephanie King, Joins AI Startup Paradox as Chief Legal Officer 

Arizona-based AI recruiting startup, Paradox, has hired Stephanie King as their Chief Legal Officer and Chief of Staff. Previously, Stephanie King worked at global law firm DLA Piper as an attorney and partner. Before she was hired, Stephanie King knew Paradox as one of her legal clients. In May, Paradox raised $40M in funding and has worked with high-profile companies such as McDonald’s, Unilever, and CVS Health. [Read More]

Ex-DLA Piper Partner, Stephanie King, Joins AI Startup Paradox as Chief Legal Officer 
(Source: Paradox)

General Motors to Hire 3,000 for Engineering and Tech Jobs for Their Electric Vehicles

General Motors Co. has announced plans to hire 3,000 engineering, design, and IT employees to help develop electric vehicles and in-car connected technologies. GM will be looking for electrical system engineers, infotainment software engineers, controls engineers, and developers versed in Java, Android, iOS and other platforms. GM is also building a battery-cell manufacturing operation in Ohio to help lower the cost of batteries for electric vehicles. [Read More] 

General Motors to Hire 3,000 for Engineering and Tech Jobs for Their Electric Vehicles
(Source: GM)

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AI Talent News Roundup Nov 2020 Part 1

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August 1, 2020

Python Creator Guido van Rossum Joins Microsoft, CMU Machine Learning Exec. Director Joe Marks to be CTO for Weta Digital, Ex-Microsoft Exec. Angela Hession Joins Twitch, former LinkedIn HR Exec. Hired by Instacart, GM to Hire New Employees for Electric Vehicle Development.

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AI Talent News Roundup Oct 2020 Part 3

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August 1, 2020

Former Slack VP Anne Toth to be Director of Alexa Trust at Amazon, Kevin Goldsmith Joins Anaconda CTO, AI Startup Clinic to have Jon Newhard as CEO, Deborah Leff Appointed as Advisor for Censia, Optum Releases AI Hiring Trends in its AI in Healthcare Survey.

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AI Talent News Roundup Oct 2020 Part 2

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August 1, 2020

2020 State of AI Report Publishes Global Talent Trends during COVID-19, Jeremiah Brazeau Hired by Twilio as CTO, Mark Cusack Appointed as CTO for Yellowbrick, Former Airbnb Talent Leader Sunita Solao Joins Convoy as VP of People, and more.

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