Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Databricks opens EMEA HQ, appoints new AI general manager


Company builds up footprint on growing demand for help around enterprises AI and machine learning strategies.

Data analytics company Databricks has expanded to Europe with the opening of its headquarters in London as the company continues to grow on artificial intelligence and machine learning such as deep learning, deep dreaming and neural networks.

Founded by the team who created Apache Spark, Databricks has also announced it has appointed David Wyatt as Vice President and General Manager of Databricks EMEA.

Prior to joining the company, Wyatt run MuleSoft’s EMEA Business over the last four and a half years.

In addition, his experience includes developing new market strategies and managing teams for cloud, open source and proprietary software companies including PKWare, Oracle and IBM.

At Databricks he will oversee the company’s customer success programmes, recruitment, sales and business development efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Ali Ghodsi, CEO at Databricks. “The demand [for help with machine learning and AI strategies] is particularly strong in Europe and as such, it is our top priority for global expansion.

“With the opening of our London office, we will have a stronger springboard to drive growth and better serve our customers in EMEA.

“David brings a tremendous amount of relevant enterprise software and Cloud experience to spearhead our business and his appointment will help us scale up and fulfil our mission in Europe.”

Wyatt said: “I am thrilled to be joining the company and leading the company’s EMEA business as there’s a wealth of talent in London and an enormous opportunity for Databricks to solve problems facing data science and data engineering teams across the continent.”