Date: 02.05.2024

by Kajetan Sawicz

Last update: 08.05.2024 11:57

Sportradar Appoints Behshad Behzadi as CTO and CAIO

Sportradar Group has announced the appointment of Behshad Behzadi as its new Chief Technology Officer and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CTO and CAIO), starting May 1.

Leveraging Extensive Experience in AI and Technology

Behzadi’s extensive background includes pivotal roles at Google, where he was instrumental in their AI-first strategy. His work contributed to the development of Google Assistant, Google Lens, Google Smart Display, and the Next Gen Assistant. With a PhD in Bioinformatics from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Behzadi is well-equipped for his role at Sportradar.

I am very excited to join an organization that pushes the boundaries on technology and puts a premium on innovation – said Behzadi.

Strategic Role of the New CTO and CAIO

In his new role, Behzadi will report directly to CEO Carsten Koerl and lead the company’s efforts to leverage AI and other cutting-edge technologies.

His focus will be on enhancing product offerings and delivering hyper-personalized experiences for sports fans, as well as driving operational efficiencies within the company.

A Strong Addition to the Leadership Team

April saw Sportradar welcome Craig Felenstein as its new CFO, whose financial expertise complements Behzadi’s tech-savvy, strengthening Sportradar’s leadership team.

CEO Carsten Koerl said: “We are proud to welcome Behshad, a world-renowned leader in harnessing generative AI and other advanced technologies, who marries a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen. His proven track record in developing and commercializing product strategies to accelerate growth and innovation, as well as spearheading initiatives aimed at improving internal operational efficiency, will bolster our leadership position, keeping Sportradar at the forefront of technological advancement.”