Willard joins Pivigo from Imagination Technologies, where she was Executive Entrepreneur-in-Residence, identifying opportunities for the company, particularly in the areas of Software as a Service and AI. In her role at Imagination Technologies, Willard built Kynisys.ai - an AI marketplace. Prior to Imagination, she was CEO at Tantalum Corporation, the connected car platform. Willard’s skill set encompasses fundraising, strategy development and product and technical strategy.
Willard’s appointment follows the departure of Dr. Kim Nilsson who will now become Pivigo’s Chairman, having co-founded the business in 2013. Nilsson will continue to provide expert guidance and advice to the company’s Leadership Team. Nilsson was instrumental in setting up Pivigo, a data science company that developed Europe’s largest data science training initiative, S2DS and a data science marketplace platform to help companies innovate through machine learning and AI projects.
Pivigo’s Science to Data Science (S2DS) programme is a project-based bootcamp that turns analytical PhDs and MScs into Data Scientists. To date, the S2DS alumni network is over 700 strong. Pivigo has also delivered over 250 bespoke end-to-end data science projects for a range of organisations across all sectors.
Alex Willard, CEO, Pivigo, said: “I am honoured and delighted to serve as Pivigo’s next Chief Executive Officer. The Pivigo team includes deeply experienced professionals who are already building the new products and platforms that we need to be successful in the long term. Now is the right time to deliver our ambitious technology vision. I cannot wait to get started.”
Puneet Raj Bhatia, Fund Director, London Co-Investment Fund at Funding London, said: “This is a very exciting time for Pivigo. The company has established a reputation for leading the way in data science and AI. The business world has a huge and growing need for this expertise, and Alex Willard has exactly the right experience, skills and vision to take the company and its talented team towards a successful and profitable future.”
Pivigo is a data science marketplace and training provider. Pivigo accelerates innovation in organisations, by connecting them to a global community of data scientists. Pivigo has delivered 250 data science projects to 150 clients including Barclays, M&S, News UK, and AstraZeneca, across a range of data science use cases such as recommendation engines, text analysis, predictive maintenance, and price/route optimisation. Pivigo also runs Europe’s largest data science training programme Science to Data Science (S2DS) that graduates PhDs and MScs into junior data science roles.
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“We are delighted to welcome Alex Willard as our new CEO."