Former JAIC, AFRC Leader Douglas Drakeley Named to SambaNova Systems Advisory Board
technology company SambaNova Systems added retired Col. Douglas Drakeley, formerly of the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, to its advisory board.
In his advisory position, Drakeley will lend a diverse, nearly 40-year career in military, materiel, and finance, among others, to help SambaNova AI and machine learning effortsthe company said in a LinkedIn post on Feb. 19.
Drakeley shared his anticipation for the new opportunity, adding, “Datasets and AI workloads continue to grow in size and complexity. At the same time, they become increasingly important to the success of the mission.
The retired colonel believes that SambaNova is uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of AI and machine learning and thus facilitate decision-making practices.
After working for companies such as Microsoft, DST Systems and InfoPros, Drakeley spent 10 years in the US Air Command Reserve Force, where he served as Director of Intelligence. In this position, he marked an accomplishment as Commander of the First Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group in the AFRC.
Additionally, Drakeley oversaw the introduction and scaling up of AI across the DoD in his most recent work as Industry Outreach Manager for the JAIC. There, he liaised with Silicon Valley companies to help them make inroads into the DoD.
Drakeley has also worked in the manufacturing, telecommunications and broadband industries and is skilled in sales and customer satisfaction. Since February 2022, he has been the head coach of the administrative development company Always Be Leadership.
SambaNova has announced a flurry of new appointments over the past eight months, including Matt Taylor as vice president of strategic sales and partnershipsPrabhdeep Singh vice president of software development and Poonacha Kongetira as vice president of hardware in September 2021.
Amy Love also joined the company in the newly created role of Marketing Director and Wade Sheen was named advisory board memberboth in July 2021.
The company published a study in January 2022 which, after surveying 600 AI professionals, predicts AI and machine learning as main revenue drivers for the calendar year.