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The H2O.ai leadership team brings together over a century of experience in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, engineering, cloud computing, and software as a service (SaaS) to deliver on our mission to democratize AI.

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Sri Ambati

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Sri Ambati | Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sri Ambati is the founder and CEO of H2O.ai. A product visionary who has assembled world-class teams throughout his career, Sri founded H2O.ai in 2012 with a mission to democratize AI for anyone, anywhere, creating a movement of the world’s top data scientists, physicists, academics and technologists at more than 20,000 organizations worldwide. Sri also regularly partners with global business leaders to fund AI projects designed to solve compelling business, environmental and societal challenges. Most recently, Sri led the initiative o2forindia.org, sourcing O2 concentrators for more than 200 public health organizations in Tier 2 cities and rural communities in India during the Delta wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to save thousands of lives. His strong “AI for Good” ethos for the responsible and fair use of AI to make the world a better place drives H2O.ai’s business model and corporate direction.

A sought-after speaker and thought-leader, Sri has presented at industry events including Ai4, Money2020, Red Hat Summit and more, is a frequent university guest speaker, and has been featured in publications including The Wall Street JournalCNBCIDG and the World Economic Forum and has been named a Datanami Person to Watch.

Before founding H2O.ai, Sri co-founded Platfora, a big data analytics company (acquired by Workday) and was director of engineering at DataStax and Azul Systems. His academic background includes sabbaticals focused on Theoretical Neuroscience at Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley, and he holds a master’s degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of Memphis. Sri is inspired by his two daughters and genius.

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Arno Candel

Chief Technology Officer
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Arno Candel | Chief Technology Officer

Arno Candel is the Chief Technology Officer at H2O.ai. Arno works to design and innovate the H2O AI technology in order to empower customers, institutions and companies throughout the world.

Arno has worked at H2O.ai for 7 years. Prior to that, he worked as a senior member of the technical staff at Skytree, Inc. and as a staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Arno received a PhD in computational physics at ETH Zurich.

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Vinod Iyengar

Vice President of Product
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Vinod Iyengar | Vice President of Product

Vinod Iyengar is the Vice President of Product at H2O.ai. He leads a team charged with product management and product development across the H2O.ai platform.

Vinod has worked for H2O.ai since 2015. In his time with the company, he has worked as the VP of marketing & technical alliances, and VP of customer success & product. Vinod received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Mumbai and his master’s degree in quantitative analysis from the University of Cincinnati College of Business.

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Venkatesh Yadav

Vice President of Engineering
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Venkatesh Yadav | Vice President of Engineering

Venkatesh is the VP of Engineering at H2O.ai. He is a software engineering leader with a focus on building great teams that deliver products and functionality to solve customer use cases.

Venkatesh has worked at Adobe Systems, where he held a number of positions in the software engineering and leadership space including his latest role as Sr. Manager with a primary focus on master data management and data science. Prior to Adobe Systems Venkatesh has worked in various engineering roles in companies like Philips, HP and IBM. Venkatesh holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai University India.

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Rod Hamlin

Senior Vice President of Cloud Alliances & Business Development
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Rod Hamlin | Senior Vice President of Cloud Alliances & Business Development

Rod Hamlin is the SVP of Global Business Development, leading the team responsible for H2O.ai’s strategic partnerships and strategy worldwide. This global partner network includes all resellers, technology partnerships, and cloud providers.

Rod is an open-source veteran having spent many years running global business development teams at Redis and Couchbase. He also served as SVP of Global Sales at Nuance, and SVP of Sales and Marketing at Opera Software. Rod has been part of several IPOs as well as two company acquisitions by Google. Along with many years in Silicon Valley, he’s also lived and worked in several countries in Europe and Asia. Rod is a first generation American from Scandinavian parents, and lives with his wife, kids, and goldendoodle in Bellevue WA. 

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Michal Malohlava

Vice President of Engineering
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Michal Malohlava | Vice President of Engineering

Michal Malahlava has been the vice president of engineering at H2O.ai since 2013. He has also worked as chief architect of platforms at H2O.ai since 2017.

Michal holds a PhD from Charles University in Prague and a postdoctoral degree from Purdue University. During his studies he was interested in the construction of various software systems using model-driven methods and domain-specific languages. He participated in the design and development of various systems including SOFA and Fractal component systems or jPapabench control systems.

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Olivier Grellier

Vice President of Data Science
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Olivier Grellier | Vice President of Data Science

Olivier Grellier is Vice President of Data Science at H2O.ai and is a double Kaggle Grandmaster.
He joined H2O as a Senior Data Scientist in 2019 and is leading the largest Grandmaster team in the world since 2020, an incredible privilege!

The Data Science team covers the latest skills and techniques in Tabular, Time Series, Natural Language Processing and computer Vision. Our team members love making their best practices, latest skills and innovations available to our Customers.

Olivier holds a Ph.D. in Signal Processing and graduated from Centrale/Supelec, France.
Before H2O.ai, he engaged in software development, data science, project management and team leading at Amadeus London and Capgemini Paris.

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