SBC News Sportradar hires Co-Founder of multiple Google products to grow AI offering

Sportradar hires Co-Founder of multiple Google products to grow AI offering

Sportradar has announced that Behshad Behzadi will take up the positions of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO) with immediate effect. 

Behzadi will be based at Sportradar’s Swiss HQ and will report directly to the company’s CEO, Carsten Koerl. His CAIO duties will enable Behzadi to closely collaborate with the different branches of Sportradar as the company turns to Artificial Intelligence to enhance its product offering and customer satisfaction. 

Behzadi commented: “Sportradar is an exceptional company and category leader operating at the global intersection of sports, technology and digital content. I am very excited to join an organisation that pushes the boundaries on technology and puts a premium on innovation. 

“I look forward to working alongside Carsten, the rest of the executive management team and their talented group of creators to continue Sportradar’s history of innovation as the Company enters its next exciting chapter.”

Behzadi brings over 20 years of experience as a computer scientist and technology leader, with his expertise spanning across algorithms, search ranking, natural language processing, speech recognition, machine learning and generative AI. 

His previous tenures include a stint at Google Zurich, managing to become the Co-Founder of Google Assistant, Google Lens and Google Smart Display. His most recent role was as a lead for Google Cloud’s Conversational AI. 

On Behzadi’s appointment, Koerl added: “We are proud to welcome Behshad, a world-renowned leader in harnessing generative AI and other advanced technologies, who marries a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen. 

“His proven track record in developing and commercialising product strategies to accelerate growth and innovation, as well as spearheading initiatives aimed at improving internal operational efficiency, will bolster our leadership position, keeping Sportradar at the forefront of technological advancement.”

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