Jim Ford, in the dual role of President and Chief Strategy Officer, guides Sales, Customer Success, Semantic Studios and People Ops—teams responsible for business development, product strategy, industry solutions, delivery, and customer experience. As a twenty-year veteran U.S. Navy Intelligence officer, Jim has an extensive background in defense, intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced technologies, operations, and strategy. Prior to Semantic AI, he was Director, Microsoft Federal’s Azure Solutions, where he led multiple teams in applying big data solutions to tactical and strategic problem sets throughout the Navy and Special Operations communities; working with customers to deliver targeted, practical cloud solutions from Microsoft and its partners (Semantic AI being one of these partners!). Raised in New Jersey, Jim graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996 and served the next twenty years in increasingly vital intelligence officer roles. Before retiring in 2016, he was awarded numerous military decorations including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and over a dozen Joint and Service Commendation medals. Jim will be based at Semantic AI’s Virginia office.