A Data Scientist Becomes a CFO

Truman Slate

John Collins, CFO, LivePerson

John Collins likes facts. As a distinctive investigator with the New York Stock Exchange, he constructed an automated surveillance method to detect suspicious trading exercise. He pioneered approaches for reworking 3rd-bash “data exhaust” into expense signals as co-founder and chief product officer of Thasos. He also served as a portfolio manager for a fund’s systematic equities trading strategy.

So, when attempting to land Collins as LivePerson’s senior vice president of quantitative strategy, the software program firm sent Collins the facts that a single human being generates on its automated, synthetic intelligence-enabled conversation platform. He was intrigued. Just after a several months as an SVP, in February 2020, Collins was named CFO.

What can a human being with Collins’ type of working experience do when sitting down at the intersection of all the facts flowing into an working firm? In a cellular phone interview, Collins mentioned the

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