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Nov. 30, 2020

Leading AI Platform BlackSwan Technologies Appoints Veterans from HSBC & Splunk to Key Leadership Roles Amid Rapid Growth

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Pioneering Next-Generation Enterprise Software Combines Multiple AI Techniques

To Solve Complex Problems & Generate Powerful Insights


TEL AVIV, Israel – BlackSwan Technologies, the leading artificial intelligence company pioneering the next generation of enterprise software, announces key leadership appointments to help oversee the company’s ongoing global expansion.

The addition of Ayan and Christy comes at a crucial phase of rapid growth at BlackSwan

Christy Wilson, who formerly served as VP of Product Operations at Splunk, is joining the company as Senior Vice President of Product. Ayan Kar, formerly the Global Head of Digital Product Data and Analytics at HSBC, has also been named Senior Vice President of Data and Analytics, Financial Services. The additions of Christy and Ayan — both well-respected industry veterans known for pursuing cutting-edge innovations — reflect the increased recognition BlackSwan Technologies is receiving from leading global enterprises.

The new appointments come on the heels of the company’s recent launch of ELEMENT™, the world’s first AI operating system. ELEMENT™ empowers any enterprise to quickly leverage advanced AI to improve business operations across the enterprise. ELEMENT™ is already being used by a number of industry-leading global institutions to make more profitable decisions, personalise customer interactions, reduce risk and cut operating costs. BlackSwan makes leading AI techniques accessible through a low/no-code platform that puts power in the hands of business professionals and the institution’s own personnel who understand their needs the best.

“The addition of Ayan and Christy comes at a crucial phase of rapid growth at BlackSwan,” said Michael Ouliel, the company’s Founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to have such high caliber tech leaders join our team, as they will play pivotal roles in helping to scale our operations and continue to build out our transformative enterprise AI solutions.”

“I was drawn to BlackSwan Technologies because I’ve seen how transformative its technology can be, including for some of the world’s biggest banks,” said Ayan. “The financial industry creates a massive amount of data but most organisations have no idea how to use it to improve their operations. At the same time, financial institutions are obviously heavily regulated, operate in an increasingly complex threat environment and have a number of compliance needs. With ELEMENT™, leading banks are already using their data to reduce risk and keep up with evolving regulations, and we see great potential in the technology’s ability to revolutionize the intersection of intelligence and investigations.”

“I am incredibly excited to join Michael and the talented team he has built at BlackSwan because the company has the potential to solve some of the world’s biggest problems,” said Christy. “The way the company seamlessly integrates the most advanced AI techniques into a very user-friendly platform reminds me a lot of my early days at Splunk when they doubled in size year-over-year, for seven consecutive years. Companies are becoming increasingly aware that AI is not so much an option as a necessity and I’m confident BlackSwan will very quickly become an industry leader.”

Christy will be responsible for spearheading the company’s inbound roadmap, in collaboration with the research and development department. During her time at Splunk, she led the company’s product operational success for seven years pre and post IPO and helped to fuel company growth from 50 to 1,200+ employees, along with a $35M to $10B valuation increase. She has also served as an advisor to numerous computer software startups. Her extensive experience in scaling companies at the point of ultra growth will be critical as she integrates and deploys cross-functional enterprise teams and grows products at BlackSwan.

Ayan will lead the go-to-market strategy of AI and machine learning technologies for risk, compliance and financial intelligence applications. He has over 20 years of experience running successful teams to deliver end-to-end and technically complex data analytics initiatives at leading software and finance companies such as Oracle, Sas, Accenture, FCA and Capgemini.

Gartner recently recognised BlackSwan Technologies in its highly anticipated report Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, highlighting the company as a leader in composite AI — a breakthrough approach that combines multiple AI techniques to address complex business challenges. By seamlessly unifying machine learning, knowledge graphs, natural language processing and more within one easy-to-use platform, BlackSwan Technologies enables any enterprise to harness the transformative power of big data and AI.

About BlackSwan Technologies:
BlackSwan Technologies is a PaaS/SaaS product company. Its Flagship software ELEMENT™ is an operating system powering the rapid development of enterprise AI applications that mimic the cognitive functions of human intelligence. ELEMENT™ can be used by enterprises across multiple industries to collect and organise data, gain competitive intelligence, improve compliance, drive new business opportunities and make predictions – all while cutting costs and improving efficiencies. BlackSwan’s ELEMENT™ is trusted by some of the largest global organisations.

BlackSwan Technologies is based in Tel Aviv, Israel with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Sri Lanka, India and Germany. For more information, visit blackswantechnologies.ai, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn