SANDNES, Norway–(COMMERCIAL THREAD)–Boost.ai, the 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 with him 20 years of experience in enterprise technology and has held various sales and executive positions at IBM, Cisco, and Salesforce. He joins Boost.ai from LivePerson, a global technology company developing conversational commerce and AI software. Haywood will succeed 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, together with co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer Henry Vaage Iversen and Chief Operating Officer Camilla Gjetvik, said: “During this period of accelerated digital customer experience transformation, Boost .ai has never been better positioned to become a global category leader in conversational AI. This leadership change is a natural step into the next phase of growth for Boost.ai. Jerry is a strong and experienced visionary leader who can build on the solid foundation created over the past six years and we are thrilled to have him join us. While it was his outstanding track record that made him a natural candidate for this key leadership role, it was his personality and people-oriented leadership style that impressed us the most. He is accessible, humble and full of energy. A natural leader who can create results by making it fun.”
Vaage Iversen added: “I am very happy that Jerry has agreed to join the Boost.ai team as CEO and I am pleased that we are able to satisfy Lars’ desire to focus even more on what he is most passionate about: technology necessary to fundamentally revolutionize the conversational AI category and continue to deliver the best automated customer engagement solution available on the market.”
For the past three years, Haywood held the role of SVP EMEA at LivePerson, where he led the company’s strategic repositioning in Europe, resulting in impressive growth. Prior to LivePerson, Haywood spent eight years at Salesforce, where he led Service Cloud first in the UK and then in the rest of Europe, resulting in over 30% increase in revenue and bookings year over year.
Haywood said, “I am very excited and honored to join the Boost.ai team, at a time when owners and leadership want to accelerate growth by positioning the company as a global category leader in the conversational AI space. Boost.ai is already very familiar to me. I’ve been following their amazing journey closely and am convinced that scale up has what it needs to go through with it. Boost.ai has the best technology out there and an amazing 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 based, and London, UK, one of Boost.ai’s key markets, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Boost.ai specializes in enterprise-grade conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Inventor of the world’s most scalable conversational AI platform, Boost.ai enables businesses to automate customer service and internal support channels, improve human efficiency, and grow revenue with proprietary self-learning AI and a seamless solution. code that is fast to implement, easy to learn, and highly scalable. Learn more about boost. ai.