BrainChip appoints new CEO

BrainChip announced on Monday that it has appointed Sean Hehir, as its new Chief Executive Officer. It is hoped that Mr Hehir’s significant experience in driving rapid revenue growth for the world’s largest technology organizations, will help guide the company towards full commercialisation of its Akida neuromorphic computing platforms.

BrainChip is in the process of commercialising its ultra-low power, high-performance artificial intelligence technology and the world’s first commercial neuromorphic AI chips. The Akida AKD1000 and intellectual property can be used in applications including Smart Home, Smart Health, Smart City, and Smart Transportation. These applications include but are not limited to home automation and remote controls, industrial IoT, robotics, security cameras, sensors, unmanned aircraft, autonomous vehicles, medical instruments, object detection, sound detection, odour and taste detection, gesture control, and cybersecurity

BrainChip highlighted that Mr Hehir’s track record of organizational development, strategic alliances, and go-to-market programs have driven revenue growth for large technology organizations, including HP, Compaq, and Fusion-io. And he has executed programs and partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, AMD, Oracle, Cisco, SAP, and Accenture. He currently serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Executive Network and holds a bachelor’s in business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst plus an MBA from Georgia State University.

Mr Hehir will also be appointed as an executive director of the company.

Peter van der Made, BrainChip Founder and CTO commented on the appointment, “As outgoing CEO, I welcome Sean to the company and am happy to hand over the reins of a world-class company that is in an excellent position to commercialize our unique product that is years ahead of the competition. We have every confidence that Sean is the right executive to guide BrainChip into the future, to make sound decisions about the business opportunities before us and ignite industry enthusiasm for the new AI capabilities that are made possible by Akida.”