Scott Penberthy

Director of Applied AI, Google

Scott is the Director of Applied AI at Google.  In this role, he leads a team of PhDs who focus on the application of deep learning techniques to ads and voice.  The team pushes the art of the possible with small swat teams of ML PhDs, acting as a single point of contact between Google and top customers.  The results drive simultaneous improvements in customer’s core business and the supporting Google AI products.

Prior to this role, Scott was a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO, a group at Google dedicated to helping customers thrive in the world of cloud computing. Scott kept one foot in the AI labs of Silicon Valley, the other in Wall Street and board rooms.  Demand skyrocketed and he was asked to build a team focused on AI.

Scott has a rich background in financial services and enterprise computing.  He was recently Managing Director in the CEO’s office of PwC, leading a transformation of PwC’s technology from on-premise, waterfall computing to public cloud with devops.  Scott has many raucous stories from selling public cloud amid the Snowden scandal; coordinating leaders across Europe, Asia and the Americas; debating regulation bodies and lawyers; aligning vendors, clients and partners on a common mission; and, finally, educating boards and accountants on the wonders of public clouds and AI.  Before that Scott played his hand as CTO at several Web startups after rising from IBM Research to the IBM Chairman’s office in the 90’s.