SANDNES, Norway, November 25, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boost.ai, a Nordic Capital-backed global leader in conversational AI for enterprises, today announced that Jerry Haywood will join the company’s executive team as Chief Executive Officer effective December 1, 2022. Haywood brings 20 years of enterprise technology experience and has held various sales and senior leadership roles at IBM, Cisco and Salesforce. He joins Boost.ai from LivePerson, a global technology company that develops conversation commerce and AI software. Haywood succeeds founder and current CEO Lars Ropeid Selsås, who wants to spend more time on product development and innovation.
Selsås, who was actively involved in the selection process along with co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer Henry Vaage Iversen and Chief Operating Officer Camilla Gjetvik, stated: “In this age of accelerated digital customer experience transformation, Boost.ai has never been better positioned to become a global category leader in conversational AI. This change in leadership is a natural step in the next growth phase for Boost.ai. Jerry is a strong and experienced visionary leader who can build on the solid foundation built over the past six years has been laid, and we are thrilled to have him join us.While it is his outstanding track record that made him a natural candidate for this important leadership role, it was his personality and people-oriented leadership style that impressed us the most. Approachable, humble, and full of energy, he is a natural leader who can create and get results at the same time can make it a fun ride.”
Vaage Iversen added: “I am very pleased that Jerry has agreed to join the Boost.ai team as CEO and I am pleased that we can fulfill Lars’ desire to focus even more on true he is most passionate about: the technology needed to fundamentally disrupt the conversational AI category and continue to provide the best automated customer interaction solution on the market.”
For the past three years, Haywood has held the role of SVP EMEA at LivePerson, where he led the company’s strategic repositioning in Europe and delivered impressive growth. Prior to joining LivePerson, Haywood spent eight years at Salesforce, leading Service Cloud, first in the UK and then across the rest of Europe, driving over 30% year-over-year growth in revenue and bookings.
Haywood said, “I am very excited and honored to be joining the Boost.ai team at a time when the owners and leadership are looking to accelerate growth while positioning the company as a global category leader in conversational AI. space. Boost.ai is already very familiar to me. I’ve been following their amazing journey closely and I’m confident that scaling has what it needs to go all the way. Boost.ai has the best technology available and a great team with some of the brightest minds in the industry I want to thank the founders, the board of directors and Nordic Capital for their trust I can’t wait to meet the team around the world and get started. “
Haywood will split his time between Stavanger, Norway, where Boost.ai is headquartered, and London, UK, one of Boost.ai’s main markets, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Boost.ai specializes in artificial intelligence (AI) for enterprise-level conversations. As the inventor of the world’s most scalable conversational AI platform, Boost.ai enables enterprises to automate customer service and internal support channels, improve human efficiency and monetize with proprietary machine learning AI and a code-less solution that can be quickly deployed. implemented and easy to use. learning and highly scalable. More information on boost.ai.
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