Hiring heavyweight AI talent away from tech: Anthem & Google

That’s one way companies are going about investing in AI: showing their seriousness, and try to get to results faster.

Case in point: last month, Healthcare provider Anthem hired Google’s search head, Israeli scientist Udi Manber, as head of artificial intelligence.

He is the first person with an AI role in the company and will build out a team. This is new.

Normally, like in the spring, we see AI leaders play musical chairs… like in the spring, when Apple hired John Giannandrea, Google’s chief of search and AI, to run Apple’s ML and AI strategy.

AI leaders are becoming more interested in other industries and their AI efforts, and non-tech industries are investing in getting top talent to help them get up to speed. You just have to know the right people…

(we just reported on real-estate startup Compass hiring Microsoft’s AI head as its new CTO, with backing from SoftBank and Qatar Investment Authority)

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Daniel Enskat

Daniel has written over a dozen books on the global asset management industry and has lectured at universities around the world alongside speakers such as Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr. Mark Mobius, ex-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Professor KC Chan and former Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder.

He is widely sought after for presentations, discussions and his perspective on the global asset management industry, and in the last two decades has advised hundreds of investment management CEOs on strategy and global expansion.