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AI Talent News Roundup: Samy Bengio Joins Apple; AI Genetics Firm Appoints New VP of Preclinical Research; Former AWS VP Moves to Siemens

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Apple Hires Former Distinguished Google Scientist Samy Bengio, as Research Director

Apple has hired Samy Beningo as their new AI Research Director, under the leadership of John Giannandrea, senior VP of Machine Learning and AI Strategy. Prior to this, Bengio was a Distinguished Research Scientist at Google, following the recent firing of his colleagues Margaret Mitchell, Timnit Gebru over disputes regarding Google’s AI ethics practices. Bengio was one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research team, where he focused on deep learning algorithms for speech, and image analysis. [Read More]

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Dirk Didascalou, Former VP of IoT at AWS and Microsoft VP, Appointed as First CTO at Siemens Digital Industries

Dr Dirk Didascalou has officially joined Siemens Digital Industries, taking the position of CTO. Within his role, he will work across the wider Siemens organisation and the IoT department, as well as build strategic industrial engagements with partners. Previously, Didascalou was VP of IoT at AWS, and before that he was Corporate VP of Technology and Research at Microsoft. [Read More]

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Deep Genomics, Toronto-Based AI Genetic Therapy Organisation, Hires Dr. Jeffrey M. Brown as VP of Preclinical Research, Former Pfizer Researcher

Deep Genomics, a Toronto-based AI genetic therapy firm, has appointed Dr. Jeffrey M. Brown as their VP of Preclinical Research. Brown will be responsible for advancing programs into IND-enabling studies and overseeing any experimental biology, including their AI drug discovery preclinical efforts. He has previously worked with Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and Amgen in their preclinical research departments. [Read More]

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Cybersecurity Firm, Tanium, Picks Marc Levine as CFO, Former COO at HP Enterprise Services

Tanium, Washington-based tech defence and security firm, hires Marc Levine their CFO. Levine will be leading Tanium’s global finance organization and focus on strategic priorities for customers and stakeholders. He has previously been SVP of Finance and COO at HP Enterprise Services, and CFO at C3.ai, an AI software and application developer. [Read More]

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ABBYY, California-Based Data Capture and Linguistic Software Service, Appoints Paul Nizov, Former US Nuclear Submarine Officer, as Chief Information Security Officer

ABBYY, a digital intelligence and data company based in California, has hired Paul Nizov as their Chief Information Security Officer. Nizov will focus on the security, risk, data privacy, and strategy within ABBYY. He has 15 years of technical and military experience, working in the US, Middle East, and Asia; he previously worked as a U.S. Nuclear Submarine Officer, and worked with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. [Read More]

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Quick Reads


  • Former Amazon Medical Officer, Maulik Majmudar, joins AI biotech company Biofourmis as Chief Medical Officer
  • Alteryx, a California-based data science firm appoints Paula Hansen as Chief Revenue Officer; previously she was VP of Sales at Cisco
  • Former Microsoft GM, Rich Wickman, joins AI security company, Guard Dog Solutions, as SVP of Ecosystems
  • Autonomous truck company, Plus.AI is to go public to help build commercial-scale production 
  • Bryan Blakeley, former Boston College Executive Director, has become Assistant Vice Provost For Digital Learning Innovation at UW Continuum College
  • Facial Recognition Service, PimEyes, is Scrutinized for its Poor Privacy Practices
  • Boast.AI, an automated financial management service, has hired Tara Janke as their first CTO; previously she was VP of Product Development at Promethean

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