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Dataiku CEO says its new Chief AI Strategist is a ‘trusted thought leader’

Dataiku, a global leader for Everyday AI has announced the appointment of Ben Taylor, who joins the company as its first Chief AI Strategist.

Taylor joins the company from DataRobot, and the company’s CEO described him as a trusted thought leader within the IT ecosystem.

He joins Dataiku to help accelerate momentum as it continues to experience soaring demand amongst enterprise organizations and business users.  

“A simple truth we face is that AI will be part of every business, whether you like it or not. The only question is whether you want to be a leader or a laggard,” said Taylor. “However, the technology itself is nothing without people asking the right questions and bringing what makes us intrinsically human to AI.  

“This is what makes Dataiku truly special — the company is not just about the technical aspects of its solid AI platform but is centered around collaboration and the people who create the types of jaw-dropping projects I hope to be a part of. It has soul, but it also has the fundamentals right. That combination is truly something unique in the industry and something I want to invest my lifeforce into.” 

Taylor most recently served as Chief AI Evangelist at DataRobot, and prior to this, he co-founded deep learning startup Zeff.ai, which was acquired by DataRobot.

He spent years building AI systems for HireVue and Micron. He frequently speaks at industry events and works closely with the larger machine learning and data science communities to advance innovation and enhance what’s possible through AI and deep learning in the future.  

Taylor’s focus will be to provide straightforward industry perspectives and insights, thought leadership on the future of AI, and share the stories and best practices of Dataiku’s growing enterprise customers. He will help accelerate the company’s strong recent momentum, including: 

  • Over 500 customers with 150+ on the Forbes Global 2000 list 
  • 95% customer retention rate with Forbes Global 2000 customers  
  • Industry recognition includes being named to the Forbes Cloud 100 and Forbes AI 50 lists, top 10 in the Data50, and Snowflake’s ML/AI partner of the year.   
  • Certification as a Great Place to Work, with 94% of Dataikers saying the company is a great place to work (compared to 57% of employees in a typical U.S.-based company) 

“Ben is a trusted thought leader in our industry and having him on our team is a testament to Dataiku’s strong position as a market leader and the power of our brand to attract top talent,” said Florian Douetteau, co-founder and CEO at Dataiku. “We share the same vision for making AI as ubiquitous as electricity with critical safeguards in place, and he will play a vital role in accelerating our mission to empower enterprises with Everyday AI.”  

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