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Sharktower AI hires former FanDuel finance chief as CFO

Edinburgh software company Sharktower AI has appointed former FanDuel executive Brendan Waters as its chief financial officer.

He joins a growing team helping businesses to work more efficiently by using AI to collate data that streamlines processes.

Waters was a corporate finance advisor to technology firms before joining Edinburgh-based gaming start-up and future ‘unicorn’ FanDuel as its first CFO in 2012, helping raise $16 million of Venture Capital and Venture Debt.

From 2013 he was CFO for four years at Glasgow-based digital media agency Dog Digital and since 2018 he has held a similar position with sporting goods supplier Wilson Imports.

He is a University of Strathclyde accountancy graduate who started his career at PwC and has worked in corporate finance for Scottish Enterprise and Johnston Carmichael.

Waters said: “Sharktower is one of the most exciting early stage businesses to emerge in Scotland in recent years. The team has developed cutting edge AI techniques and powerful, data-led project management solutions to solve real business issues for large enterprises by reducing project waste and improving team communication, which is particularly important during these times.

“I am excited by the opportunity to be part of the leadership team at such an exciting time for the business, as we prepare for the next round of growth investment.”

His appointment follows that of Nikki Horwood as marketing manager last month. She has 20 years’ experience in B2B tech marketing, having previously led marketing at high-profile technology companies including CA Technologies, Informatica, Trend Micro and Cisco.

Horwood said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Sharktower at this time. AI is set to revolutionise project management and to be part of a company that is driving that change is an incredible opportunity.

“These are obviously challenging times to be starting a new role, but we have an incredible team of innovative, fearless people and we are getting to know each other very well, digitally.”


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