KUALA LUMPUR: Skymind Holdings Bhd, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI), announced the appointment of Datuk Yasmin Mahmood as its chairperson as the Group embarks on its next growth chapter.
With presence in 17 countries, including Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, Skymind’s innovative technologies serve as a fundamental layer in AI and are deployed in 350 Fortune 500 companies, including Nvidia, IBM, Huawei and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA (Nasa).
In 2020, London-based Skymind Global Ventures launched a US$800mil fund to support promising new AI companies and academic research globally.
Skymind Holdings Bhd, which is based in Malaysia, was established in October 2019 to expand its footprint throughout Southeast Asia, with Malaysia serving as the Group’s regional AI hub.
“We are pleased to welcome Datuk Yasmin, a well-respected and internationally recognised leader in the IT industry, to Skymind, ” said Shawn Tan, global chief executive officer of Skymind.
“Her extensive experience, knowledge and insights will help guide the vision and strategic opportunities of Skymind as we march ahead with our scale and growth plans.
“For the last one year, when she served as our advisor, we saw how her leadership and passion has empowered Skymind to strengthen partnerships, develop strategic alliances, and expand our presence here in Malaysia as well as regionally and globally.”
“I am honoured to be joining Skymind, one of the world’s most influential and impactful AI companies, ” said Yasmin.
“I am passionate about AI and how it can revolutionise and reimagine anything and everything, ” she shared.
“With the company’s track record of AI innovations and a focused growth strategy, this is an exciting time to work with Tan and his team.
“Skymind is in a unique position to catalyse an innovation ecosystem, thereby creating high-income and high-value jobs in Malaysia to serve the global markets.”
Yasmin had led and managed global technology companies including Dell, HP and Microsoft in a career that has spanned over three decades.
She had also served in Malaysia’s public sector as the chief executive of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for four years.
She was also recently appointed as chairman of Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia and sits on the board of directors of Malaysia Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF) and Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd.
Most recently, she was re-appointed by Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera, an agency under the Prime Minister’s Office as one of its Industry Advisory Board members.