Dataiku appoints McGirr as AI evangelist in UK - The EE

Dataiku appoints McGirr as AI evangelist in UK

Shaun McGirr of Dataiku

Dataiku, an enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform provider, has hired Shaun McGirr as ‘AI evangelist’. He will be based in the company’s London headquarters.

Dataiku offers AI and machine learning platforms, supporting agility in organisations’ data efforts via collaborative, elastic, and responsible AI, all at enterprise scale.

McGirr has more than 15 years of experience working with data as a practitioner across multiple industries, including doctorate-level training in applied statistics, consulting, and automotive.

He will focus on helping customers maximise value on their paths to Enterprise AI, while coaching and advising teams internally. Prior to joining Dataiku, McGirr served as head of Data Science & Business Intelligence at Cox Automotive UK, where he led a team helping customers access, understand, and engage with data to improve decision-making. He is also co-host of the Half Stack Data Science podcast.

“It’s an exciting time to join Dataiku,” says McGirr. “To me, data science is a creative and technical discipline, and it works best when a diverse range of stakeholders collaborate from the beginning of the journey. I am pleased to be working alongside such a talented U.K. and global team to help them tell the best possible stories about the value of our approach to Enterprise AI.”

McGirr’s appointment follows a period of accelerated growth seen by the company in 2020, in which it raised $100 million (€83.73 million) in Series D funding to continue driving AI within the enterprise. It will also release new product versions Dataiku version 7 and 8. The company also launched EGG On Air, an entirely new take on virtual conferences, which features McGirr and dozens of other data science and machine learning experts.

“We feel proud that at Dataiku we’re able to build a network of the best and most future-looking experts on Enterprise AI across the world,” says Florian Douetteau, Dataiku’s CEO. “U.K. companies are amongst world leaders in terms of the level of AI implementation and performance gains demonstrated, and our customers are no exception.

Shaun’s real-world expertise will continue to help our customers on their Enterprise AI journeys, as they use our solutions to underpin their essential business operations and new innovation.”

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