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A Tech Visionary, a Cloud & Telecommunications Giant and the Coolest AI Start Up CEO in the Market to Headline Questex’s Fierce AI Week

NEW YORK, July 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s Fierce AI Week, the virtual event focused exclusively on the application of AI to drive business, customer and process value for emerging and large enterprises, today announces Shankar Arumugavelu, Senior Vice President and Global CIO at Verizon will participate in a Fireside Chat with Fierce Telecom’s Editor in Chief, Linda Hardesty. Arumugavelu and Hardesty will discuss Verizon’s innovative customer experience through artificial intelligence (AI). In addition, Bindu Reddy, CEO/Co-Founder of will deliver a keynote address on August 11. Fierce AI Week will take place August 10-12, 2020. Register to attend here.

Over three days, Fierce AI Week will offer a discuss, debate and define format of keynote presentations, vertical industry sessions focused on electronics/manufacturing, healthcare, telecom/technology and biotech/pharma and an AI Pitch Tank where start-up companies pitch new ideas.

Fierce AI Week will host dozens of speakers including thought leaders from a myriad of industries that will share real-world approaches to applying AI including machine learning, drug discovery and medical research. Bob Evans, the creator of Cloud Wars and former EVP at Oracle, SAP and InformationWeek, will outline his perspective on what AI means to the way we work today and into the future.

Additional speakers include:

  • Rajeev Ronanki, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, Anthem
  • Arvind Ramanathan, Technology Leader, Argonne National Laboratory  
  • Neil McRae, Managing Director & Chief Architect, BT
  • Peter Richardson, Vice President of Pharmacology, BenevolentAI  
  • David Shacochis, Vice President, Enterprise Technology, CenturyLink  
  • Matt Hayes, Executive Director, Access Engineering, Cox Communication  
  • Kaladhar Voruganti, Vice President, Technology Innovation, Equinix  
  • James Hamrick, Senior Medical Director, Flatiron Health
  • Aashima Gupta, Director, Global Healthcare Solutions, Google Cloud
  • Ian Bernstein, Founder, Misty Robotics  
  • Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer, Novartis  
  • Amy West, Head of U.S. Digital Strategy, Novo Nordisk  
  • Brendan Gallagher, Chief Connected Health Officer, Publicis Health
  • Rob Wilmot, Chief Architect, Red Hat North America  

Fierce AI Week will gather more than 3,000 C-level, technology, automation, marketing and AI specific professionals as well as investors and channel partners. Companies currently registered to attend include Abbott Laboratories, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Nestle, Verizon and more.

“Artificial Intelligence is helping us to discover, identify, automate and learn how to drive new levels of business, customer and process value out of organizations, both big and small,” said John Siefert, Group President, Market Development and Executive Producer of Fierce AI Week. “We have a spectacular line up of industry thought leaders from various industries who will define their approach to applying AI and will provide practical solutions and outcomes to event attendees. This first of its kind virtual event will set the standard in defining what it means to be fierce in application of AI.”

Event sponsors include Equinix, Linguamatics, an IQVIA company, Red Hat and XMOS.

To register for Fierce AI Week, click here. For sponsorship and speaking opportunities, contact Rhiannon James at

Stay connected with Fierce AI Week on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

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