AI media company Blackwood Seven today announced the latest appointment to its leadership team. Hitesh Dholakia, a data science veteran with extensive product leadership experience, joins Blackwood Seven as Chief Product Officer. Dholakia will be overseeing all aspects of Blackwood Seven's global product offerings, reporting to Carl Erik Kjærsgaard, the company's CEO and co-founder.
"Our work is laying the foundations for a new and transparent industry, based on a simple subscription model and running on A.I. Our mission is to disrupt the media agency value chain and its antiquated operating model," said Kjærsgaard. "Hitesh has overseen the product development at some of the world's largest companies, and his expertise in machine learning will be crucial in expanding our AI platform. We're sending a clear signal that we will continue to attract and retain the best talent in order to fulfill our vision."
The appointment marks the latest addition in a series of new hires for Blackwood Seven's leadership team. Last month, the company announced new hires from marketing veterans Nick Stoltz and Stanlei Bellan, who joined the company from Market Share and GroupM, respectively; Stoltz now serves as COO, while Bellan is now the company's General Manager, West Coast.
Dholakia joins Blackwood Seven with nearly two decades worth of product development and management, setting visions for product roadmaps and technology infrastructure. Most recently, he served as SVP of Product Management and User Experience with Sysomos, a company focused on offering AI-based products to brand marketers. At Sysomos, he used machine learning products to provide actionable intelligence for Fortune 500 enterprises. Previously, Dholakia has held product leadership positions at eBay, Yahoo! and Siebel.
"Blackwood Seven is a true innovator within the media industry, and its focus towards making artificial intelligence common place within the industry represents a tremendous opportunity to create much needed change," said Dholakia. "I'm incredibly excited to oversee such an incredible product and vision as we begin to increase our footprint across the globe."
About Blackwood Seven
Blackwood Seven brings artificial intelligence to media planning. With its proprietary media platform, the company calculates each client's "media effect formula", which allows attribution of all channels –online such as search, YouTube and Facebook as well as offline such as TV, print and OOH. This algorithm optimises the media mix and predicts an exact forecast of expected results, in real time. Blackwood Seven has 175 employees in Munich, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, New York and Barcelona. For more information please visit www.blackwoodseven.com