Google Executive Behzadi Joins Sportradar as CTO and CAIO

In a move to improve its artificial intelligence and technology offerings, sports data provider Sportradar has appointed Behshad Behzadi as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO).

Behzadi served as the Co-Founder of Google Assistant, Google Lens, and Google Smart Display before joining Sportradar.

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With over 20 years of experience in computer science and technology leadership, Behzadi possesses a broad expertise that spans algorithms, search ranking, natural language processing, speech recognition, machine learning, and generative AI.

His rich career includes a notable spell at Google Zurich, where he played a pivotal role as the Co-Founder of Google Assistant, Google Lens, and Google Smart Display. He was most recently the lead for Google Cloud’s Conversational AI.

Sportradar is an exceptional company and category leader operating at the global intersection of sports, technology and digital content. I am very excited to join an organisation that pushes the boundaries on technology and puts a premium on innovation. I look forward to working alongside Carsten, the rest of the executive management team and their talented group of creators to continue Sportradar’s history of innovation as the company enters its next exciting chapter.

Behshad BehzadiCTO and CAIO at Sportradar

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Behzadi to Use AI to Elevate Sportradar Products

In his new role, Behzadi will oversee the development and implementation of Sportradar’s technology strategy. As Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, he will collaborate with the various departments within Sportradar, facilitating the integration of AI solutions across the company to improve its product offerings and customer satisfaction.

With his appointment beginning immediately, Behzadi will work out of Sportradar’s Swiss headquarters and report directly to the company’s CEO, Carsten Koerl.

We are proud to welcome Behshad, a world-renowned leader in harnessing generative AI and other advanced technologies, who marries a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen.His proven track record in developing and commercialising product strategies to accelerate growth and innovation, as well as spearheading initiatives aimed at improving internal operational efficiency, will bolster our leadership position, keeping Sportradar at the forefront of technological advancement.

Carsten KoerlSportradar CEO

Sportradar Appoints Craig Felenstein

Behzadi’s appointment comes on the heels of Craig Felenstein joining Sportradar as the new Chief Financial Officer. Felenstein comes to the role with nearly thirty years of experience in the gaming industry. He will take over from Ger Griffin and start his role at the beginning of June.


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