Behavox names first board of directors
Behavox, an end-to-end Data Operating Platform that enables organisations to aggregate, analyse and act on their internal data, has announced its inaugural board of directors.
The board, which comprised figures from the finance sector, technology industry, and regulatory policy, is chaired by Behavox’s Founder and CEO Erkin Adylov. Other members are:
• Jeff Diana, former Chief People Officer at Atlassian and SuccessFactors and advisor to multiple high-growth pre-IPO companies
• Lucio Di Ciaccio, an investment professional at SoftBank Investment Advisers
• Avi Golan, an operating partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers
• Michael Piwowar, executive director of the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets and former commissioner and acting chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission
The new board’s formation is the latest corporate development for the fast-growing AI company. In February, Behavox announced a USD100 million investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund 2. Diana and Piwowar previously served as advisors to Behavox since January 2019.
“The collective experience of our board members -- from regulatory compliance and financial management to fostering employee productivity and corporate cultures -- provides us with well-rounded support as we serve more customers in financial and enterprise markets,” Adylov said. “Their counsel and governance will be extremely valuable as Behavox grows at scale.”
In addition to serving as an investor, SoftBank Investment Advisers is among Behavox’s growing customer base, which includes banks like Jefferies, hedge funds like Balyasny Asset Management, mining companies like Anglo American, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, and other enterprises.
Adylov said Behavox’s commitment to help businesses manage risk and regulatory compliance aligns with SoftBank Investment Advisers’ emphasis on strong governance as a key metric.
“Corporate governance is part of Behavox’s cultural fabric -- from ensuring its own operational integrity to helping customers with theirs,” he said. “Our entire board of directors is committed to a corporate governance model that our people, customers, and investors can be proud of.”
Golan joined SoftBank Investment Advisers as an operating partner supporting its tech and sciences portfolios. He also helps deal teams evaluate potential investments. He brings a breadth of experience in management, establishing corporate vision, and growing companies at scale. Prior to joining SoftBank Investment Advisers, Golan held leadership roles at Google and Intuit before joining Air New Zealand as Chief Digital Officer, where he led the adoption of innovative technologies like Internet of Things, robotic process automation, 3D printing, and AI. He was named 2018 Innovator of the Year by CIO100.
“Behavox is an exciting global enterprise that is developing every day,” Golan says. “It is driving new market standards in realising its mission to organise all known corporate communications data. Making this data actionable to protect and promote business growth provides tremendous value to Behavox’s customers.”
Di Ciaccio, who has a passion for working with high-growth technology companies, joined SoftBank Investment Advisers in 2017. He is also a Board Member at Gympass and worked on Vision Fund 1’s investment in Automation Anywhere. He was previously an investment professional at The Carlyle Group and before that a PhD student in Aeronautics & Astronautics at MIT.
“Behavox’s application of AI across enterprise communications is cutting-edge,” Di Ciaccio said. “We are confident that our partnership will help fuel the company’s growth, enhance their offering, and expand their value to a wider set of customers in a variety of industries.”
In addition to Softbank Investment Advisers, Behavox is adding significant regulatory expertise to the board. Throughout Piwowar’s distinguished career, he has been at the forefront of policy making and regulatory oversight for protecting investors, safeguarding financial markets, and promoting economic growth and opportunity. Piwowar served as SEC commissioner from 2013 to 2018. He was acting SEC chair in 2017, where he played a major role voting on nearly 5,000 rule-making and enforcement actions.
Diana is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in the Human Resources space. He specialises in high-growth initiatives at technology and engineering companies. He has a track record of building and scaling high-growth pre-IPO companies globally, creating corporate cultures that thrive and provide true competitive advantage. Diana was Chief People Officer at Atlassian from 2012-2016, where he grew the company from more than 300 to nearly 2,000 employees and drove innovative, market-leading people initiatives that supported growth en route to an IPO in 2015.