Rubikloud Achieves 50% Women Executive Ratio; Adds Top Enterprise Veterans to Its C-Suite to Manage Rapid Growth Across Three Continents
Rubikloud Technologies, a global leader in retail artificial intelligence (AI), announced both the expansion of its senior management team and growth of its global sales and client teams to the UK & Ireland, Texas, and Hong Kong. With over 100 employees, this growth marks Rubikloud as one of the largest enterprise AI companies in the world. Enterprise AI is the biggest market disruption retail has seen in decades. This senior management team and global presence will lead Rubikloud towards its goal of becoming a billion dollar enterprise AI business.
Joining Waleed Ayoub, who has expanded into the role of CTO, start-up veterans Samir Ahuja, Donna de Winter, and Kate Railton, have joined the Rubikloud team after the company announced a $37 million Series B funding led by Intel Capital earlier this year.
Samir Ahuja, Chief Operating Officer: Samir, who will be officially joining in August, will be responsible for leading Rubikloud’s global sales and client delivery functions, primarily focusing on selling Rubikloud’s world class products to new customers as well as expanding its footprint to existing customers. Samir brings over 19 years of enterprise software experience, having worked in enterprise software, Digital TV and Video platforms on a global scale. Prior to Rubikloud, Samir was part of the senior management team at Toronto-founded Quickplay and was instrumental towards its eventual acquisition to AT&T.
Waleed Ayoub, Chief Technology Officer: Waleed played an early role at Rubikloud as Chief Product Officer. Now fulfilling the role of CTO, Waleed is responsible for all product, technology, data science, and architectural strategy and vision . Waleed is a retail and technology veteran, previously running the Customer and Advanced Analytics teams at Shoppers Drug Mart and implementing large scale systems at LoyaltyOne and large banks. With over a decade of hands-on experience building and empowering talented teams in delivering impactful enterprise SaaS products, Waleed is on a mission to bring “intelligent decision automation” to the enterprise.
Donna de Winter, Chief Financial Officer: Donna is responsible for operationalizing business and financial strategy to scale business execution at a world class level. She is also responsible for working with current and potential investors on future growth plans. Donna has over 20 years experience leading financial strategy in enterprise companies including a CFO position held most recently at Vision Critical through its multiple stages of growth and previously leading Varicent through its acquisition by IBM.
Kate Railton, Vice President of People: Kate is responsible for recruiting, retaining and inspiring top talent to drive business success. Kate has vast experience within the Toronto enterprise scene; starting at Achievers almost 10 years ago, growing through its acquisition to Blackhawk, and most recently as a key member of the BlueCat People team as they grew to 400+.
Together with Kerry Liu, Chief Executive Officer and Tiffany Hsiao, Vice President of Finance, this is the team that will lead Rubikloud through its next phase of growth and beyond.
“Samir, Donna and Kate are seasoned members in our industry and highly respected throughout the tech community. We built this team with more than just our current phase of growth in mind. Thinking long term, we’ve built a team that will accelerate our path to a billion dollar business” said Liu, “Their deep experience with both evangelical software and the Canadian market brings a highly valued skill set that will align us with where we want to be. We are excited to welcome them to the company and add them to our existing passionate and talented team.”
Rubikloud also recently announced a partnership with Intel Corporation to more deeply collaborate on retail AI solutions that revitalize the in-store experience and provide a more personalized shopping experience for consumers both online and offline.