NEW CTO AT SHIFTGIG
Shiftgig, the leading workforce software company helping companies retain and redeploy the modern worker, today announced that it has named Thulasi Kethini as Chief Technology Officer. Kethini, who has more than 16 years of technology experience, most recently served as Morningstar’s Director of Technology, Workplace Solutions. She will leverage this experience as she assumes responsibility for Shiftgig’s technology infrastructure, web and mobile applications, security, product engineering, and software architecture.
“Thulasi has an impressive track record of designing and implementing large-scale enterprise SaaS as well as B2C products, leveraging modern agile development practices, and building high-performing engineering teams,” said Rick Bowman, Shiftgig’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to have her join our team and drive the engineering strategy as Shiftgig continues to grow as a technology organization.”
Job.com Hires Laurie Boschini as Head of R&D
With an eye towards a more equitable recruiting landscape for all, AI powered job matching platform Job.com has hired Laurie Boschini as its new Head of Research & Development to actively work to remove unconscious gender bias in the company’s job matching engine.
Boschini has broad expertise in the recruitment industry, with vast experience in search, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing. She joins Job.com from Search Technologies, where she previously worked as a senior developer for over a decade catering to a diverse clientele. Her new role puts her in charge of a twelve person team of developers and designers.
“I’ve worked over fifteen years in this industry as a woman, I’m well aware of the ways in which our progress is made more difficult by both overt and unconscious discrimination. Whether it be assumptions about our abilities or having to work twice as hard our male colleagues to get the same recognition, the clear differences along gender lines are still an underspoken problem in tech,” says Boschini. “I’m happy to be in a leadership position that will work to dismantle gender bias in tech and open the door for so many other women behind me.”
The first major project for Boschini and her team will be identifying and eliminating gender bias within Job.com’s applicant-employer matching platform. Code isn’t infallible, and with many tech giants now recognizing the potential for unconscious bias to be built into their AI, Job.com hopes to actively address inequality and ensure that its ever-expanding engine always recognizes the best candidates for every job. Boschini will work on increasing the platform’s machine learning capabilities, “teaching” the AI to recognize and weight “feminine coded” resumes and experiences equal to those of “masculine coded” resumes.
SmashFly Technologies Welcomes New Vice President of Global Business Development
SmashFly Technologies, the leader in enterprise career site and recruitment CRM technology, announces the appointment of Matthew Keown as Vice President, Global Business Development. He leads SmashFly’s domestic and international expansion efforts, establishing and nurturing bi-lateral partnerships while further expanding the brand’s presence throughout the U.K., Europe and Asia Pacific.
Keown brings more than 15 years of experience running high-achieving teams in Atlanta, Singapore and London and implementing effective global business strategies for efficient and sustainable results.
SmashFly’s CEO, Thom Kenney, commented, “Matt’s unique background – spanning sales, marketing and finance operations across three continents – offers us a critical opportunity to not only accelerate the development of new partnerships, but continue to foster the cohesive, team-first culture that drives our success within the U.S. and abroad.”