SambaNova Systems Announces International Expansion in EMEA

Appoints New UK-based Head of Business Development Chris Kenny

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SambaNova Systems, the company building the industry’s most advanced systems platform to run artificial intelligence (AI) and data-intensive applications from the data center, to the cloud, and to the edge, today announced an international expansion with the appointment of Chris Kenny, head of business development for the EMEA region based in London. The appointment comes on the heels of a Series C funding round led by BlackRock, during which the company committed to leading the burgeoning AI and ML computing market worldwide.

“Recently, we have seen a dramatic increase in use cases for machine learning and at the same time, a significant increase in the compute power needed to run these resource intensive applications,” said Rodrigo Liang, Co-founder and CEO, SambaNova Systems. “As organizations around the world are grappling with this challenge, SambaNova is rising to meet this international demand. Given Chris Kenny’s unparalleled experience and understanding of the EMEA market, there is no one better to lead SambaNova’s expansion.”

“The UK’s highly skilled workforce and dedication to world-class innovation continues to make it one of the most attractive business environments for tech investors around the world,” said Lord Gerry Grimstone, UK Minister for Investment. “As our economy recovers from the impact of Covid-19, inward investment will help us to build back better. I am pleased to welcome SambaNova Systems to join the UK’s vibrant tech landscape and look forward to seeing their continued success here. I also look forward to supporting other global tech firms considering the UK as their next market and to showing them all that we have to offer.”

With more than 20 years of international management experience, Chris will drive the company’s global expansion throughout EMEA. With a background in leading cloud, AI and “software defined X” technology companies through growth stages, Chris will oversee business and sales development, operations and strategy within the region.

Previously, Chris served as vice president and general manager at Versa Networks and international vice president at DataDirect Networks. He has extensive knowledge of growing both customer acquisition and revenue in countries both in and out of the European Union and throughout the Middle East and Africa.

“With the unparalleled deep bench of technical expertise and visionary leadership at SambaNova, it’s an exciting time to join the company and lead EMEA expansion efforts,” said Chris Kenny, head of business development EMEA. “Right now there’s an overwhelming trend toward the digital world driving the need for new architectures that deliver greater accuracy and performance than those that have evolved from graphics or commodity legacy architectures. SambaNova is at the forefront of this innovation and I’m confident in the company’s vision and look forward to building this next chapter together.”

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About SambaNova Systems

SambaNova Systems is building the industry’s most advanced systems platform to run AI applications from the data center, to the cloud and to the edge. Founded in November 2017 in Palo Alto, California by industry luminaries, hardware and software design experts, world-class innovators from Sun/Oracle, and Stanford University. SambaNova Systems’ mission is to bring AI innovations that have been developed in advanced research to organizations around the world, helping to create AI for everyone, everywhere. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., the company’s investors include funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Walden International, GV, Intel Capital, Redline Capital, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, WRVI Capital, Micron, Samsung Catalyst and SK telecom. For more information please visit us at or contact us at Be sure to follow SambaNova Systems on LinkedIn.


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