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9 July, 2021 - 11:34 By Tony Quested

Secondmind rebuilds ML senior team in drive for glory

It has taken almost six months but Cambridge machine learning trailblazer Secondmind has finally put together a senior management team to put the business back on track following the shock departure of co-founder and CEO Vishal Chatrath in January.

Business Weekly understands that Chatrath is in the process of putting together one of the most significant telecoms-related technology businesses the planet has ever seen.

But his departure left a hole that Secondmind has had to work hard to fill. The fruits of their labours are a new CEO, a fresh chairman and a key hire in an expanded CFO and operational leadership role – plus a strict focus on innovation for the automotive market.

Gary Brotman has been appointed CEO and director. He joined the company in October 2019 as VP of Product and has served as chief product officer and co-CEO since January while the search for a permanent chief was underway. 

Brotman has been instrumental in aligning the company to focus initially on the automotive sector and helping the industry achieve greater sustainability with its leading machine learning research and technology. 

Brotman brings a diverse technology background to the role, having held product and marketing leadership positions at successful startups and established enterprises including Musicmatch and Yahoo! 

Prior to joining Secondmind, Brotman served as head of AI Strategy & Product Planning at Qualcomm, where he spearheaded the development and commercialisation of the company’s AI Engine across the Snapdragon Mobile Platform portfolio. 

The board has also appointed Adam Broun as chairman. Prior to joining Secondmind, Broun was CEO of Kensho Technologies, a leading provider of next-generation machine learning and analytics to financial institutions. 

At Kensho, Broun was instrumental in every stage of the company’s growth, from early commercial wins to building a successful, scalable platform and the company’s acquisition by S&P Global in 2018.

Cambridge Mass-based, Kensho’s team members come from veteran positions at Google, Apple, Facebook, the US intelligence community, Wall Street and academia.

The Secondmind executive team has also expanded in depth and breadth, with commercial, scale-up and product strategy experience to complement its strong research credentials. 

Peter Bullivant becomes chief financial & operating officer as his CFO role at the company is expanded to include company operations, business development and human resources. 

Suraj Nagaraj has joined the company as vice-president of Product. He brings experience in commercialisation of competitive AI & ML SaaS products and has held a number of product leadership positions across leading brands McLaren, Denso, Jaguar Land Rover and General Electric to name a few.

The inspirational, world-renowned Carl Edward Rasmussen continues in his role as chief scientist and will also serve as co-chairman with Broun.

Kevin Dillon, director on the Secondmind board and managing partner of Secondmind investor Atlantic Bridge, said: “We are bullish about Secondmind’s ability to deliver predictive modelling underpinned by scaled Gaussian Processes and see this as both unique and disruptive in the Automotive sector and beyond. 

“We are excited about the appointments of Gary as CEO and Adam as chairman of the board and are confident that along with Carl and Peter, Secondmind has the world-class executive leadership to match its vision and technology innovation.”

Gary Brotman said: “I’m incredibly excited to have the privilege of leading the exceptionally talented and diverse Secondmind team in this next phase of our business.

“I’m also grateful for the support of the Secondmind board over the last several months and the trust they’ve put in me moving forward. We have the right team and the right machine learning technology to help innovators in automotive design cleaner cars and achieve greater sustainability.”

Secondmind is on a mission to help automotive innovators design cleaner cars and achieve greater sustainability through machine learning. 

Underpinned by years of award-winning, practical machine learning research and technology, developed by a world-class team of researchers, data scientists and machine learning engineers, Secondmind is helping automotive manufacturers navigate the increasing complexity of engineering design in its transition to electrification. 

Secondmind was founded in 2016 and is backed by leading venture funds including Amadeus Capital, Atlantic Bridge, and Cambridge Innovation Capital.

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