AUSTIN, Texas & OSLO, Norway–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cognite, a global leader in industrial software, today announced four appointments to lead the company’s efforts to scale for its next phase of growth. Cognite’s new executive leaders are Moe Tanabian, Chief Product Officer (CPO); Paul Lightfoot, senior vice president of customer experience; Emmanuelle Camus, President of Cognet EMEA; and Liat Berger, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). These leaders held increasingly responsible roles at Red Hat, Microsoft, Amazon, PTC and Aker Solutions.
Cognet CEO Girish Rishi said, “Building a high-performing team and developing our talent is a top priority. I’m pleased to welcome these leaders with diverse, global experiences, including deep technical skills and tenures at Fortune 500 companies. These successful executives will help us further enhance our commitment to customers and partners as we together solve the problem of availability of industry data for value.”
Moe Tanabian, Cognite’s new chief product officer, is responsible for product strategy and execution, as well as product management, design and engineering. It has been driving innovation at scale for almost three decades, especially in the areas of software products, AI, ML and IoT. Tanabian most recently served as vice president and general manager of Azure Light Edge for Microsoft, generating more than $2 billion in revenue for Microsoft’s portfolio of products in the IoT, OT and embedded industrial domains. Prior to his role at Microsoft, Tanabian worked for Samsung as vice president of smart products and IoT, as well as Amazon, where he led efforts to build and deliver the Amazon Android Appstore on Kindle Fire and Amazon Phone devices. Tanabian holds a Masters in Systems and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario and an MBA from Queen’s University School of Business, Kingston, Ontario.
Liat Berger will serve as the new CHRO. She has a proven track record in HR management with multi-location global companies and will help drive Cognite’s expansion strategy. She spent the last ten years at Aker Solutions, most recently as Senior Vice President of People and Organization, Corporate, where she focused on business strategy by helping leaders identify, prioritize and build the organizational capabilities, behaviors and structures needed to support daily change. order. She also worked as P&O Manager for the subsea organization at Aker Solutions, which consisted of 4,500 employees spread over 10 different locations on four different continents. Her expertise is building and balancing global companies while incorporating local realities, and she will play a key role in driving Cognite’s global workforce. She graduated in business administration from the Universidade Federal do Parana and has a specialization in group dynamics and people management.
Emmanuelle Camus will take on the role of president of Cognet EMEA. She will focus on accelerating Cognite’s growth and strengthening the company’s position as a leading EMEA industrial software provider in the power, energy, cleantech and manufacturing markets. Prior to joining Cognite, Camus spent 25 years at PTC in various leadership positions focused on business transformation, most recently as their Senior Vice President of Alliances EMEAI. He has extensive experience in driving exponential growth in Europe and India through B2B sales and leveraging strategic alliances and partners, and strong experience in addressing the challenges of Industry 4.0, digital transformation, corporate social responsibility and diversity, equality and inclusion. She graduated from the NEOMA Business School.
Paul Lightfoot will support Tanabian as the new SVP of Customer Experience as Cognite doubles down on product design to enable customers to exponentially grow the number of data-literate industry subject matter experts within their organizations. In his role, Lightfoot will lead Cognite’s vision and product design strategy to meet these growing needs as the OT industry is now software-defined and evolves to merge the physical and digital worlds at scale. He previously held product design leadership roles at several high-growth technology companies, and most recently built the Product Design/User Experience practice at Red Hat as its Global Director, User Experience Product Design team. Paul brings to his role his passion for nurturing and developing a customer-obsessed culture, as well as leadership in product management and a focus on discovering and developing product-to-market fit. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Bridgewater State University.
Cognite is a global industrial SaaS company that was founded with a clear vision: to rapidly empower industrial companies with contextualized, reliable and accessible data to help drive the end-to-end digital transformation of asset-intensive industries worldwide. Our core Industrial DataOps platform, Cognite Data Fusion®, enables industrial data and domain users to quickly and securely collaborate to develop, operationalize and scale industrial AI solutions and applications to achieve profitability and sustainability. Visit us at www.cognite.com and follow us Twitter and LinkedIn.