ESGI Completes Search for Senior Vice President, Federal Figure Eight – an Appen Company

May 13, 2020

David J. Poirier

SVP Federal, Federal

Figure Eight is a Silicon Valley based Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning technology company, actively introducing AI into the U.S. Federal Government. The company is a subsidiary of Appen.

Figure Eight Federal  provides services to help the U.S. government train artificial intelligence models and use the technology in various applications. The DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is among Figure Eight Federal’s customers.

Founded in 1996, Appen has customers and offices globally. Appen is headquartered in Australia with over 800 employees in Sydney Australia, US, UK, and the Philippines and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as APX.

The company collects and labels images, text, speech, audio, video, and other data used to build and continuously improve the most innovative artificial intelligence systems for the world. Their expertise includes having a global crowd of over one million skilled contractors who speak over 180 languages and dialects, in over 70,000 locations and 130 countries, and the most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform in the industry. Their reliable training data gives leaders in technology, automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and governments the confidence to deploy world-class AI products.

Appen is a global leader in the development of high-quality, human annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). Appen brings over 20 years of experience capturing and enriching a wide variety of data types including speech, text, image and video. Appen partners with technology, automotive and e-commerce companies – as well as governments worldwide – to help them develop, enhance and use products that rely on natural languages and machine learning. They acquired Figure Eight in 2018.

David will be responsible for helping grow the US federal business. Prior to joining, David was Founder of Bus Patrol, which he built and sold before joining Appen. Previously he was President, Akima Mission Systems, Engineering, and Technology Group – a NANA Company. At Akima he had P/L responsibility for 1400-person federal services business with operation in North America, Pacific Rim, Europe, and Middle East. Prior to joining the private sector

David had a distinguished 20 year career in the US Army.

According to Mr. Scott at ESGI who led the search, “David brings many years of leading and growing businesses. He has run global businesses and was successful in the founding, building, and selling of his own company. He brings both large company and small business experience and is a great selection for leading Figure Eight.”