Nigel Beck is CEO and founder of When Labs: artificial intelligence for augmenting management, driving compliance, employee engagement, retention, and productivity.
Beck’s passion for HR and management comes from over two decades of building and managing teams from two to thousands around the globe, and led to his acquisition of Kenexa, a human-capital management company, the sixth-largest acquisition IBM had ever made.
Beck is a proven leader and innovator. As founding CTO of Footprint Software, a fintech startup, he engineered the largest retail-banking system of its kind, building the fastest-growing startup in Canada at the time, which sold to IBM. There, he architected IBM’s entry into open source software, making IBM the first major corporation to embrace Linux and Apache, and was the founding product line manager for their most successful organic software product of the last two decades, WebSphere. Along the way, he founded one of the earliest commercial bot companies, liketribe, which used artificial intelligence and social graph data to provide personalized recommendations.
Beck is a charter member and board member of the C100, an organization devoted to driving innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada, and on the advisory board of the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER). He is passionate about learning, sailing, and being a proud new dad.