DataSkill is invested in delivering game-changing solutions on the new wave of cognitive intelligence. Over the last 40 years we have had to learn how to best program computers to do what we want. The equation has flipped. We are now making the computer work hard to learn what we want them to do. There is too much data out there now and it’s growing at an insatiable rate. The only way to stay ahead is to use the data to train the computers instead of programming. This is the new cognitive computing era.

The data will always be out there; the software, programs, apps will always change. It’s always been about harvesting the data and having the skill to transform the data into value. That’s DataSkill.

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Management Team

Nigel Hook, CEO/President and Founder

Nigel Hook, CEO and founder in 1981 of DataSkill, a cognitive solutions integrator. Nigel’s founding vision has been to create extraordinary value from data. Growing up near Bletchley Park, Hook’s early career was inspired by Turing and led to his BSc in Computer Science from Staffordshire University, and later an MBA from FDU. Today, DataSkill solves the most vexing problems for its customers across multiple industries with an ensemble of AI technologies.

Nigel’s passion for speed has driven his 30 year career in motorsports where he competes at the top level of Offshore Powerboat Racing worldwide. Nigel’s exceptional skills on the water earned him three World Championships, three World Speed Records and an induction into the APBA Hall of Champions. He currently races the 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook 48GP in the Superboat International unlimited class.

The 48’ SilverHook raceboat has become the showcase of leading edge IOT intelligence with both Cisco and IBM Watson, integrated into a winning solution by DataSkill.

Ed Evans, Chief Operating Officer

Ed launched his professional career at Accenture in Boston to receive acclaim for developing the most innovative AI Expert System. For the past 25 years serving as President/COO/GM of world renowned companies such as DataSkill, Kronos, SunGard Data Systems, and Mrs. Fields Cookies. His teams have received industry leadership awards and recognition from Microsoft, Information Week, the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and CNN.

Ed is disciplined and focused in his personal life as a husband and father of 3 children, 5 time Ironman Triathlete, 2 time Xterra World Championship competitor, Coach & Community Youth Leader. Ed has extensive domestic and international business leadership experience responsible for operations in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and India. Ed has an MBA with a dual emphasis in Finance and Marketing and provides immediate insight, exceptional strategy, and unprecedented operational results.

DataSkill Executive Vice President Dave Druker

Dave Druker, Vice-President

Dave Druker has been with DataSkill since 1998. He is responsible for client services and sales. He has worked with clients such as Kuehne & Nagel, Leap Wireless (Cricket – now AT&T), USCO, Horsetrader, Crossflo, Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Websense, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Smart & Final and Disney.

As the San Diego Branch Manager for Technology Locator, Dave successfully provided technical professionals to companies in the San Diego area on a contract/temporary basis. At Community Care Network Dave managed the development and implementation of major IT projects with teams of up to 50 people. Throughout his career, Dave has had experience working with DB2, Sybase, and client server technology in the medical, insurance, loan and financial industries.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and his Masters in Counseling from the University of Southern California. He is recognized as a leader in the community as he served on the Del Mar City Council and was Mayor of Del Mar in 1997, 2003 and 2008. He was also a board member of the North County Transit District.

Brian Swanson, Vice President Cognitive Services

Brian Swanson leads DataSkill’s global services for cognitive computing and content analytics. He is responsible for driving customer success through implementations, pilots, proof of concepts and workshops. Brian has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software and services. Recent engagements with the IBM Watson cognitive technologies include: Verizon, Standard Chartered Bank, AT&T, Verizon, Shell, Ontario Shores Mental Health Sciences, Zurich, DIPOL, Notice & Comment, California Cancer Registry, Swiss Mobiliar, Exelon, UnityPoint Healthcare, Humana, Minter Ellison, and SITA. Brian has been a speaker at IBM World of Watson breakout sessions and was invited to speak at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum session titled Code Vs. Lex: Law as an Algorithm – the Existence of Laws in the New Technological. His background includes a history of customer success at Fortune 500 companies in Insurance & Financial Services, Retail, Hi-Tech, and Manufacturing. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Brian’s drive to win also comes out when racing Formula Vee open wheel race cars with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). He has won the San Francsico Regional championship and can be seen at Northern California’s world-renowned tracks including Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point), and Thunderhill Raceway Park.

DataSkill CTO Jeff Margileth

Jeff Margileth, Chief Technology Officer

Jeff Margileth has been with Dataskill over 12 years starting as a contractor and then moving into the Chief Technology Officer position in 2006. He is responsible for DataSkill’s technology department. He has worked with clients such as Kuehne & Nagel, Leap Wireless (Cricket – now AT&T), USCO, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, OnBudget, Syntricity, IdeaEdge (Bill My Parents), Evente, and The Irvine Company.

Jeff is a proven project manager and technology architect with a history of successful Data Integration projects and a deep understanding of business processes. His early career years were influenced by Ernst & Young and Data Integration projects with world-wide customers who laid the foundation for this stellar CTO.

Jeff received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science at the Harvey Mudd College. Jeff’s specialty areas include IT Architecture and Analysis, Systems Integration, Business Process Modeling, Process Improvement, and Methodology Development. His technical skills include object-oriented design and development, systems architecture, Java/J2EE, C++, cloud computing, and expertise with many development frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate. Jeff continues to improve his skills through education and is continually receiving new certifications. Jeff competes in Iron Man events and enjoys all outdoor activities with his family.

DataSkill Data Scientist & Architect Dimitri Popolov

Dimitri Popolov, PhD, Data Scientist & Architect

Dr. Popolov leads DataSkill’s Acumi product team and sales engineering. He is responsible for the product roadmap and designing the Acumi Intelligence solution for various market solutions.

Prior to joining DataSkill in 2013, Dimitri led the IBM Russia team in launching the IBM Content Analytics (ICA) across the Russian market and contributing to the design and development of the IBM analytical solution stack.

Dimitri received a PhD in Computer Sciences & Engineering from De Montfort University – Leicester, UK. He conducted research in Computer-Mediated Communication and Human-Computer Interaction, designing a Java client-server tool for spatial visualization of complex structures in text conversations. Dimitri also holds a Master’s in Computer Science from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia.

Kien Seng Wong, PhD, DataSkill's Director and Shareholder Malaysia

Kien Seng Wong, PhD, Director and Shareholder Malaysia

Kien Seng Wong is responsible for all operations in ASEAN countries for DataSkill. He was instrumental in opening the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia office. His responsibilities include providing business development and client management services.

Kien Seng came to DataSkill from Strateq Group, Malaysia where he was the Executive Director, HealthCare Division. Some of his accomplishments include executing the spin-off of the healthcare division in the Strateq Group, managing over USD 200 million worth of healthcare ICT projects and being directly involved in the roadmap of the Strateq Total Hospital Information System.
Kien Seng’s education was through Leicester University, United Kingdom – PhD. Engineering.

He was vested in the advantages of using computer simulations in understanding the human hearing system. Computer simulations were designed based on an object oriented approach and was written in C++ programming language. He also attended the Engineering program at Leicester University, United Kingdom where he graduated with a BEng. (Hons) Electrical/Electronic Engineering degree.

Andrew Hook, Director United Kingdom Office, DataSkill

Andrew Hook, Director United Kingdom Office

Andrew Hook established the United Kingdom office for DataSkill.  Part of his responsibilities includes managing the Software Sales relationship with IBM and Ingram Micro. In this capacity, Andrew has brought in millions in IBM software since joining DataSkill a couple of years ago.

As an MSC Business Intelligence graduate with a 23-year successful track record for delivering insight in top Financial Institutions in the UK such as Legal & General and Nationwide, Andrew brings DataSkill Insurance expertise. He is highly skilled in a wide range of database, data warehouse and reporting technologies, especially with Microsoft and IBM Cognos/SPSS. He is an experienced manager with strongly developed analytical skills across a range of business functions. He is energized by challenges in organizations where information is valued as an asset and where the right skills can be applied to deliver insight and drive better decision making.

Andrew received his education at Sheffield Hallam University – MSC, Business Intelligence; University of Leicester – PgDip, Management Studies (DMS); and Kingston University – BA (Honors), Economics. His specialties include Business Intelligence, Analytics, Data Mining, Management Information, Analysis, Better Decision Making, Cognos, SPSS, SAS, SQL, VBA, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.  Andrew enjoys spending time with his family and dogs.  He has a passion for Rhodesian Ridgebacks.  Andrew also enjoys walking, running and learning new gadgets.

Alfonso Montaño, Director Tijuana Office, DataSkill

Alfonso Montaño, Director Tijuana Office

Alfonso Montaño came to DataSkill through the acquisition of Silicon Space in 2008.  Alfonso is an accomplish Senior Software Engineer and has been involved in many projects for DataSkill.  Being bi-lingual Alfonso is an integral part of the relationships between our US customers and the engineers in the Tijuana office.  Alfonso also maintains the Mexico office operations.

While at DataSkill, some of the projects Alfonso has been involved with include BillMyParents (the SpendSmart Company), Enalasys, Networkfleet, and California Horsetrader.  For these clients Alfonso has done tasks such as design and develop Web Services and Regression Tests for core applications. He participates in the maintenance of the applications and communications for new requirements by the clients.

Alfonso received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from CETYS Universidad where he was the recipient of an “Honorable Mention” award.  Alfonso enjoys traveling and outdoor activities when he is not programming.

Barbara Biers, Executive Assistant & Office Manager, DataSkill

Barbara Biers, Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Barbara Biers joined DataSkill over 14 years ago as the assistant to Nigel Hook, CEO of DataSkill. Her responsibilities have grown to include maintenance of the facilities, human resource tasks, assistance in marketing activities and general administration to the management team.

Barbara was at the San Diego Software Industry Council (now Software San Diego) where she maintained the office, performed admin tasks and helped produce regular council meetings and events. Prior to working at the Council, Barbara held down positions in the Customer Service areas of Allegiant Technologies and Silicon Beach Software (purchased by Aldus Software and then Adobe).

Barbara’s education was completed at Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business. Her spare time is spent with her family and friends playing games, diving, biking and traveling. She returns to Hawaii, where she grew up, regularly.