Gayle Sheppard

VP and General Manager, Saffron AI Group,

Gayle leads Intel’s overall market vision, strategy and fundamental direction for knowledge representation and reasoning systems inside Intel’s AI platform.

Formerly Chairman and CEO of Saffron Technology, Inc., acquired by Intel in 2015, Gayle’s career has focused on bringing operational and decision sciences software solutions to the Global 1000. In her current role she continues to work closely with leading global companies across financial services, manufacturing, government, energy, healthcare and life sciences.

Prior to Saffron, Gayle held roles as Vice President and Managing Director at Peoplesoft, CEO and President of MarketMile, LLC (now part of Rearden Commerce) where she led the development and launch of a new Software as a Service e-procurement business for American Express.

She has also held positions as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, J.D. Edwards & Company, President and General Manager of J.D. Edwards Japan, K.K., and Vice President of J.D. Edwards Asia Pacific Ltd, Hong Kong. Her Asia Pacific and Japan mission was focused on accelerating J.D. Edwards growth in international markets prior to its IPO while working with leading European and American manufacturing companies to automate their supply chains.

She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, where she received a B.S., Business Administration with focus in operations research and management science.