Goodwin Executive Search places CEO at Machine Learning Company in Durham, NC

Goodwin Executive Search, a leading firm in retained executive search, is pleased to announce the placement of Robbie Allen as CEO at Infinia ML. Allen will be based out of Infinia ML’s Durham, NC office. Bill Goodwin, Managing Partner led the assignment.

Prior to joining Infinia ML, Allen founded and led Automated Insights, one of the first and most successful natural language generation companies. Automated Insights was named one of the “Best Places to Work” in the Triangle for four years in a row and was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2015. A former Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, he has authored or coauthored eight books and holds six patents. Allen has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from East Carolina University, two Master’s degrees from MIT, and has been pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence at the University of North Carolina.

Infinia ML is an advanced machine learning company that delivers transformative automation solutions and predictive analytics to Fortune 500 businesses. Allen joins an impressive team of artificial intelligence experts with experience in industries including healthcare, security, and business process automation. The company’s Chief Scientist is machine learning visionary Lawrence Carin, Ph.D., the Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Science at Duke University. Leveraging funding from noted private equity firm Carrick Capital Partners, Allen will accelerate the business with aggressive hiring.

“Most top machine learning teams are part of west coast companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Infinia ML provides a new option for technical talent looking to work with leading ML experts in an affordable area with a high quality of living,” said Allen. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with Lawrence and build a leading machine learning company in Durham.”

“Robbie combines a proven operations background with a deep technical understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks,” said Lawrence Carin, Infinia ML Chief Scientist. “His experiences, which include growing a company in the artificial intelligence space from the ground up, are exactly what our team needs to meet market demand and serve our rapidly growing client base including enterprise and Fortune 500 companies.”

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