DataRobot Appoints Igor Taber to SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy
Feb 6, 2019 by Eric Dunne
A former DataRobot investor and board observer, Taber charged with driving the company’s continued growth.
BOSTON – – DataRobot, the category creator and leading provider of automated machine learning, today announced that it has appointed Igor Taber as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. In this role, Taber will define the company’s growth strategy and manage the sourcing and execution of mergers and acquisitions.
Taber joins DataRobot from Intel Capital, the world’s largest corporate venture capital group. As managing director, he led Intel Capital’s Series B and Series C investments in DataRobot and has served as a board observer for the company since 2015.
At Intel Capital, Taber was responsible for identifying and investing in enterprise software companies in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, data management and data infrastructure. Under his leadership, Intel Capital was recognized as one of the most active investors in AI. Taber has funded and served on boards for more than 20 organizations, including ArcadiaData, BlueData (acquired by HPE), dataArtisans (acquired by Alibaba), element.ai, GoodData, Lightbend, Paxata, Rock Flow Dynamics (acquired), Saffron (acquired by Intel) and Striim. Prior to his venture capital career, he spent almost a decade in product management and business development. Taber received his MBA from Wharton Business School and Computer Engineering degree from the University of Kansas.
“Igor’s deep experience scaling companies, coupled with his unmatched AI industry knowledge and network, make him the ideal person to lead our corporate development and strategy,” said Jeremy Achin, CEO and co-founder of DataRobot. “He’s been an indispensable member of our Board, and we are humbled to have him join us full time. I am extremely confident in his ability to help DataRobot reach new heights in the years ahead.”
DataRobot has grown steadily the past few years – in part due to strategic mergers and acquisitions. In July 2018, the company announced its acquisition of Nexosis to add more capabilities to its automated machine learning platform. Before that, DataRobot acquired Nutonian in May 2017 to enhance its modeling abilities, particularly those involving time series data.
“Having been involved in the company Board for several years, I have seen firsthand DataRobot’s flawless execution to create and build a new category and change the way machine learning is done,” said Taber. “Jeremy and his team have such a compelling vision for the future of AI, and I jumped at the opportunity to help them continue to grow. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of such a game-changing company.”
DataRobot is the category creator and leading provider of automated machine learning. Organizations worldwide use DataRobot to empower the teams they already have in place to rapidly build and deploy machine learning models and create advanced AI applications. With a library of hundreds of the most powerful open source machine learning algorithms, the DataRobot platform encapsulates every best practice and safeguard to accelerate and scale data science capabilities while maximizing transparency, accuracy and collaboration.
By making data scientists more productive and enabling the democratization of data science, DataRobot helps organizations transform into AI-driven enterprises. With offices around the globe, DataRobot is backed by $225 million in funding from top-tier firms, including New Enterprise Associates, Sapphire Ventures, Meritech and DFJ. For more information, visit www.datarobot.com, and join the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.