Linda Bernardi, former IBM Chief Innovation Officer of IoT and Cloud, consultant, author and journalist, has joined Element AI, Montreal based artificial intelligence company, as Chief Product and Strategy Officer.
Bernardi will lead product strategy, development and research, ensuring the creation and deployment of cost effective products and services that will ultimately increase the adoption of AI globally.
Bernardi served as IBM Chief Innovation Officer, Cloud & Internet of Things from 2014 to 2016, Contributing Columnist – Technology & Innovation for The Washington Post from January 2014 to November 2014 and founder of CEO of technology strategy firm StraTerra Partners, LLC from December 2009 to 2014. Bernardi is also an accomplished business writer, having published two books, The Inversion Factor and ProVoke.
Bernardi is a graduate of UCLA holding a MS in Applied Statistics.
“We are thrilled that Linda is joining our team,” said CEO Jean-François Gagné. “Element AI was founded to transform current businesses with AI applications to help them remain competitive into the next century — this requires a significant paradigm shift and Linda is acutely qualified to accelerate this shift for enterprises. Linda exemplifies the exceptional executives we seek by sharing our vision of leveraging AI to revolutionize industries. We are excited to have her lead our strategic product development, as well as our fundamental and applied research initiatives in collaboration with world class academic institutions. We believe her efforts, combined with our product offerings, will shape the future of AI in the world.”
“My entire career has been centered around data and enabling corporations to make more intelligent decisions,” said Bernardi. “Joining Element AI is the logical continuation of our shared mission of preparing corporate culture to mindfully adopt AI products and services that will transform the way we operate and invest. For me, that means leveraging the unique talent and resources at Element AI to help companies embrace innovation based on customer needs. I am thrilled to be working with the best, most dedicated minds in AI to create innovative AI products and services that will undoubtedly help businesses level up. Element AI’s world class academic research team, their deep industry experience and profound understanding of the AI space is a match made in heaven that will dramatically change many industries in the years to come. I am proud to now be part of this talented team.”
Element AI has recently secured a US $102 million Series A round from BDC Capital, Data Collective, Fidelity Investments Canada, Hanwha Investment, Intel Capital, Microsoft Ventures, National Bank of Canada, NVIDIA GPU Ventures, Trusted Insight, Real Ventures, Tencent, sovereign fund from Singapore, and Daniel Gauthier.
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