On the move: Olea hires director of AI; Imperva builds with former Netflix exec; AlefEdge adds leader for developer ecosystem

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On the move: Olea hires director of AI; Imperva builds with former Netflix exec; AlefEdge adds leader for developer ecosystem

Olea Edge Analytics recently hired Wariya Erez as Director of AI & Analytics. Erez, a former Principal Data Scientist at Home Depot, brings more than 20 years of experience in transforming business visions into innovative data science solutions.

While at Home Depot, she led the effort to create the company’s first algorithm for a personalized recommender system, a Natural Language Processing model for guided shopping and defined data-focused product strategies. Prior to Home Depot, Wariya worked at a variety of technology companies building scaled data solutions.

An intelligent edge computing platform for the water utility industry, Olea Edge Analytics uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help cities identify problems with high-value commercial water meters and make more informed decisions on managing those assets.

“Our sensors attached to those meters generate tremendous amounts of data, but that goes to waste unless cities understand how to use it,” said Dave Mackie, Olea Edge Analytics’ founder and CEO. “Wariya has a proven track record of turning data into actionable insights for Fortune 500 companies such as Home Depot, AT&T and Best Buy. She’s a tremendous addition to our team.”

The hire is the latest high-profile addition to Olea’s technology group. In May, the company hired Ben Wilson, former Chief Technology Officer – Energy at Google, as COO.

Imperva SVP Infrastructure and Cloud Operations

Imperva, Inc. has appointed Dave Temkin as Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Cloud Operations.

Temkin is an industry veteran who previously built and scaled one of the world’s largest content delivery network (CDN) for Netflix. As Imperva continues its rapid growth trajectory, Temkin will lead efforts to ensure the reliability, scalability, and uptime of the company’s global network delivering edge, application, and data security solutions.

At Netflix, Temkin was Vice President of Network Systems Infrastructure, where he assembled and led the team that built one of the world’s largest CDNs and global studio technical infrastructure including networking, systems and storage. His responsibilities also included complementary business operations such as provisioning and logistics that enabled Netflix to become the most scalable, high performing and reliable provider of streaming content in the world. This was accomplished by using a hybrid approach of owned infrastructure, public, and private cloud computing. Temkin also helped drive Netflix’s cloud migration by moving applications from legacy data centers to cloud infrastructure.

“Imperva has a reputation for being innovative, and providing a comprehensive Web Application and API Protection platform that delivers applications securely around the world. Few are as committed to addressing the needs of tomorrow for their customers,” says Temkin. “I am thrilled about building a global team, evolving our PoP infrastructure, and scaling our Cloud footprint to meet the surge in demand for edge and application capabilities in order to provide end user customers with a scalable, reliable and seamless user experience.”

AlefEdge appoints CCO

AlefEdge has appointed Jeff Tennery its Chief Commercial Officer. Tennery brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in mobile, digital media and platform technologies to the role and is expected to help lead the commercial rollout of EdgeNet across thousands of mobile edge sites globally while building the largest 5G Edge developer community in the world.

Tennery has held senior executive leadership roles at Verizon, AT&T and leading mobile advertising platform company, Millennial Media, which boasted over 200,000 mobile app developers before being acquired in 2015 by AOL. Prior to joining Alef, Tennery founded leading freelance platform company Moonlighting, which was acquired in January 2021 by CareerGig. Founded in 2014 and backed by some of the largest media companies in the U.S., the Moonlighting platform supported more than 860,000 freelancers and generated more than $50M in annual gig revenues.

Alef recently announced the launch of EdgeNet, a compute and delivery platform that enables enterprises to adopt the Open Edge globally. A primary function of EdgeNet—the first-of-its-kind Edge as a Service—is to empower and inspire developers worldwide to build 5G Edge applications and services over contemporary networks and allow enterprises to adopt them quickly and easily.

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