Ballon’s extensive leadership experience across blue chip and growth-stage technology companies to augment SkyHive’s global expansion
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SkyHive®, the recognized leader in generative AI applications for companies and governments on their reskilling journey to build a capable and future-proof workforce, today announced the appointment of Jonathan Ballon as president and chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Ballon will be responsible for connecting SkyHive’s strategy to execution, building scalability to support strong and increasing demand from its large customers, and continuing to drive top-line growth through global expansion and a robust ecosystem.
Ballon joins SkyHive following the close of the Company’s latest growth capital round. Ballon is a renowned C-suite leader with more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise technology industry, and has previously held senior roles at Cisco, General Electric, and Intel. A pioneer in machine learning for over a decade, he has built several multi-billion-dollar businesses serving global customers. In addition to creating long-term shareholder value for Fortune 500 companies, Ballon has also scaled several growth-stage AI startups as a board member and non-executive chairman.
“Jonathan is a world-class operator who also embodies SkyHive’s core values,” said Sean Hinton, founder and CEO of SkyHive. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our leadership team that will augment SkyHive’s global expansion and ability to holistically serve our customers using the most advanced technologies available today.”
“The future of organizational and governmental competitiveness requires new tools and capabilities to unlock human potential. SkyHive allows customers to access unprecedented levels of real-time labor market insight and tools to measure and manage the human skills development needed in a rapidly evolving world,” said Ballon. “Until now, leading companies across diverse industries have been struggling to understand what skills they have, what they need, and how to bridge the gap. The scale and performance of SkyHive’s proprietary large language model and algorithms are unique and create a whole new category of human capital management. I am privileged and grateful to be leading the company through its next phase of growth.”
Most recently, Ballon served as vice president and general manager of Intel’s $3.5 billion Edge AI and IoT business unit. There, he pioneered several AI and deep learning commercial solutions, grew revenue at 20% CAGR, and forged impactful partnerships with the likes of Dell, Amazon, and Microsoft. Prior to Intel, Ballon was co-founder and COO of GE Digital, where he launched the company’s first cloud-based software and infrastructure platform for GE customers across Healthcare, Aviation, Water & Energy, and other sectors. Over the course of a decade at Cisco, Ballon also led strategy, planning, and business development for the company’s multi-billion-dollar service and solutions business.
SkyHive is a Certified B Corporation and generative artificial intelligence (AI) software company that rapidly reskills companies and communities worldwide. SkyHive is recognized as a top AI innovator by Forbes, a Gartner Cool Vendor in HCM, and a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Leading enterprises use SkyHive’s cloud-based applications, Human Capital Operating System™, and SkyHive’s Quantum Labor Analysis® to power the future of work at its most granular level: skills. In addition, SkyHive has been recognized by the World Economic Forum, GPAI, RAII, and others for leading efforts in ethical AI and its positive impact on labor economies worldwide. For more information, visit www.skyhive.ai.
Aidan O’Connor, Prosek Partners