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Partnership on AI Appoints Apple’s AI Research Director as Board Chair

Jerremy Holland Succeeds Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz to Continue Growing Non Profit’s Multistakeholder Community; Adds Newly Designated Vice Chairs from the BBC and Meta

SAN FRANCISCO – October 4, 2023Partnership on AI, a multistakeholder non-profit representing industry, civil society, academia and media, today announced the appointment of Jerremy Holland, Director of AI Research at Apple as Board Chair, and Jatin Aythora, Director Research and Development at BBC and Joelle Pineau, Vice President of AI Research at Meta, as Vice Chairs.

These appointments come as the service terms of PAI’s Founding Board Chair, Eric Horvitz, and Founding Vice Chair, Eric Sears, wind down. Both remain on the Board as full directors with Horvitz transitioning to the role of Chair Emeritus. PAI also welcomes three new Board Directors: Lama Nachman, Director of Intelligent Systems Research Lab at Intel Labs, Brittany Smith, Head of UK Policy & Partnerships at OpenAI, and Martin Tisne, CEO at the AI Collaborative.

The PAI Board is a body of expert volunteer advisors that provide inspirational support and strategic guidance on its mission of bringing diverse voices together to ensure advancements in AI benefit people and society.

“We are appreciative of the early, influential, and ongoing contributions of our founding Chair and Vice Chair, and welcome Jerremy, Jatin and Joelle as our newest Board leaders who will continue to advance PAI’s multistakeholder approach and mission,” said Rebecca Finlay, CEO at Partnership on AI. “The new leadership of our Board have been long-standing champions of the PAI mission, and their oversight and guidance will lead to even greater impact for responsible and ethical AI solutions in this fast-moving space.”

“I’m excited to take on the role of Board Chair for Partnership on AI. Having been on the PAI board since 2018, it is amazing to see the deep and impactful work that PAI has accomplished with our partners, and delivered to the world. PAI’s global multistakeholder approach to empower responsible, ethical, and inclusive AI solutions, that empower people and improve society, has never been more important,” said Jerremy Holland, PAI Board Chair and Director of AI Research at Apple.

PAI is unique in its belief that, in order for AI to be developed responsibly, it must include perspectives and voices from across sectors, borders and lived experiences. The impact of PAI’s recommendations and best practices makes this clear. The organization is an intentionally inclusive community that welcomes responsible actors across the AI ecosystem. PAI’s work includes model safety, and addresses issues of societal impact, such as media integrity, labor and the economy, and fairness, transparency, and accountability.

Jatin Aythora, Director of BBC Research and Development, and Joelle Pineau, Vice President of AI Research at Meta, have been elected as Vice-Chairs, a role previously held by Eric Sears, Associate Director, Technology in the Public Interest program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

“In my role as Vice Chair of the Board of Partnership on AI, I stand committed to nurturing a safe, fair and transparent AI-powered future. With Partnership on AI’s diverse multistakeholder approach, together we will empower the responsible and ethical development of AI solutions,” said Jatin Aythora, Vice Chair of PAI Board and Director of BBC Research and Development.

“I’m delighted to be stepping into the role of Vice Chair of the Board, supporting the team and the mission of Partnership on AI. PAI’s work could not be more relevant to setting the path for collaborative and responsible development of AI,” said Joelle Pineau, Vice Chair of PAI Board and Vice President of AI Research at Meta.

About Partnership on AI (PAI)
PAI is a non-profit partnership of academic, civil society, industry, and media organizations creating solutions so that AI advances positive outcomes for people and society. As a 501(c)3 non profit organization with a mission-driven, charitable purpose, PAI is eligible to receive donations from philanthropy, corporations, and individuals. To learn more about how to support our work, please reach out to contact@partnershiponai.org.