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Oxford Semantic Technologies Makes Senior Leadership Changes

Oxford Semantic Technologies Makes Senior Leadership Changes
Thomas Vout

Oxford, January 10 2023.

Oxford Semantic Technologies Limited (OST), the company behind the cutting-edge knowledge graph and reasoning engine, RDFox®, announces a refreshed board and new commercial leadership.

Hema Patel and Ju Won Cha have joined the board while Philip Foster has joined as the company’s first Chief Commercial Officer.

Hema Patel is a highly experienced and strategic commercial executive. She started her career in commercial roles in the media sector, working for The Financial Times and News Corporation. Hema then moved into digital at Microsoft, Facebook and Adobe where she led strategy and global alliances, managing sizeable teams and revenue generation up to $500m. She has also mentored scale-ups on the London & Partners Mayor’s International Business Expansion Programme and works closely with companies Seed-pre IPO through Impeller Labs, which includes operational scale.

Ju Won Cha replaces Kevin Lenehan as the director representing Samsung Ventures (SVIC) on the OST board. Ju Won joined SVIC from Channel Four Ventures. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in the Technology, Media and Telecoms & Industrials M&A teams. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she earned a First Class master’s degree in Chemistry.

Philip Foster brings extensive experience of scaling data technology businesses, previously as Managing Director at Hellios Information, from start up to an international business. Prior to that Philip spent over 15 years in Achilles Information, where he held a number of senior commercial roles across multiple industry sectors. Philip is an MBA graduate of the Oxford Said Business School.

Adam Parr, Co-founder and Chair of OST, thanked Kevin Lenehan for his contribution to OST and wished him and his family well in their move to a new life in France. Adam also welcomed Hema, Ju Won and Philip to OST, and said, “These important appointments come at a time when RDFox® is ready to scale. We have outstanding technical capabilities, both in terms of the product itself and the knowledge engineering skills that we offer our clients. Now we need a board and leadership team that has the capabilities to scale the business. With these appointments, we have just that.”

Peter Crocker, Co-founder and CEO of OST, added his thanks to Kevin, saying, “I am looking forward to working with Hema, Ju Won and Philip to increase OST’s presence in the marketplace and build on the sales momentum we have seen in the past two years. RDFox® has grown phenomenally as a product and is ready to scale. We have all the critical features that our clients need, we have brilliant partners, and we have blue-chip clients across industrials, financial services, media, technology, automotive and other sectors. These are great foundations for us to build on, and with these appointments, we have the experience to make sure that we do.”

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Team and Resources

The team behind Oxford Semantic Technologies started working on RDFox in 2011 at the Computer Science Department of the University of Oxford with the conviction that flexible and high-performance reasoning was a possibility for data-intensive applications without jeopardising the correctness of the results. RDFox is the first market-ready knowledge graph designed from the ground up with reasoning in mind. Oxford Semantic Technologies is a spin-out of the University of Oxford and is backed by leading investors including Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC), Oxford Sciences Enterprises (OSE) and Oxford University Innovation (OUI).