Speechmatics are pleased to announce Neil MacDonald has joined us as Chief Revenue Officer.
Neil has enjoyed a long and successful career in the speech-tech industry having served at senior management levels within major industry players including Nuance, SVOX, iSpeech and HP. More recently he led the B2B sales team at SwiftKey, the latest British tech-innovator to be acquired by one of the US mega-techs.
Neil led the sales effort on some of the most significant advances in speech-enabled product to come to market, from the likes of Google, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and Sony; and through his work with the Android platform added the voice to over 600,000,000 Android based devices.
Commenting on his move to Speechmatics, “Coming to Speechmatics to lead the commercial team was an easy choice for me. The capability that Speechmatics has delivered in the speech-recognition space has been a true giant leap forward. We all remember how advances in ASR capability from the established players began to peter out in the early part of this decade, but from what I have experienced of Speechmatics leading Machine Learning technology, the pace of improvement they have delivered has accelerated away yet again, leaving the nearest competition a distant second”
Benedikt von Thuengen, CEO of Speechmatics, welcomes Neil to the team “…we are delighted to have someone with the pedigree of Neil joining our team. We are pleased with the faith Neil has shown by coming on board and we all look forward to benefiting from his many successful years of experience in sales and marketing particularly in the speech-tech disciplines.”