Category Leader in Conversational AI Brings on Noted Data Science Expert to Lead Data Science Center of Excellence
FOSTER CITY, CA—August 31, 2017—Conversica the leader in conversational AI for business, today announced that Dr. Sid J. Reddy has joined the company as Chief Scientist. Reddy is a distinguished academic, noted technical expert, sought-after speaker, and published author in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computational linguistics. He will lead Conversica’s growing data science center of excellence. His responsibilities include continued enhancement of the company’s conversational AI platform to be smarter, more accurate, more flexible and more scalable as Conversica continues its accelerated growth.
“As a recognized and respected data scientist and thought leader with an exceptional background, Sid is the perfect Chief Scientist to lead our growing team of data scientists and the development of our conversational AI platform,” said Alex Terry, CEO of Conversica. “His knowledge, experience and penchant for rapid innovation will keep Conversica’s AI solutions in a leadership position for years to come. Continuing to enhance our AI, NLP and ML capabilities under Sid’s leadership will deliver the compelling new capabilities our customers demand from the leader in this important emerging category.”
Reddy comes to Conversica from Microsoft, where he served as Principal Scientist. Prior to Microsoft, Reddy founded an NLP lab at Northwestern University and developed AI solutions at two technology startups and at the Mayo Clinic. A patented inventor and published author with research featured in over 50 peer-reviewed publications and technical conferences, Reddy* is a recognized expert in NLP and computational linguistics who has designed, developed and contributed to dozens of NLP systems used in production in a wide array of use cases and industry verticals, including healthcare, business intelligence, life sciences, legal and e-commerce.
“Conversica is the leader of an important category with an amazing executive team,” said Reddy. “Only a small number of businesses have successfully commercialized conversational AI, and this company is far ahead of the rest, with an ambitious vision for automating business conversations with AI. With one of the largest private sets of business conversational data, Conversica is well positioned for continued innovation, customer growth and market leadership. This opportunity is a data scientist’s dream.”
Reddy joins a seasoned executive team at Conversica, recently expanded with the addition of Brian Kaminski as Chief Customer Officer and Victor Belfor as Senior Vice President of Business Development.
*Dr. Reddy uses his formal name, Dr. Siddhartha Reddy Jonnalagadda, in published research.
Conversica is the leader in AI-powered business conversations and the only provider of AI-driven lead engagement software for marketing and sales organizations. The flagship Conversica® AI Sales Assistant helps companies find and secure customers more quickly and efficiently by automatically contacting, engaging, qualifying and following up with leads via natural, two-way conversations. Used by more than 1,000 companies worldwide, Conversica’s sales assistants are built on a proven AI platform integrating natural language processing (NLP), natural language generation (NLG), and machine learning (ML) capabilities and engage prospects over multiple communication channels and in multiple languages. Recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor, Conversica is a portfolio company of Providence Equity, Kennet Partners and Toba Capital and is headquartered in Foster City, California.