Guy Kirkwood, originally COO and now chief evangelist of UiPath, is helping to shape the future of work with RPA and AI. To contact Guy, please connect on LinkedIn, follow on Twitter or email email@example.com.
Joining as COO in 2015 when UiPath was in one location and numbered 28 people, Guy has helped the company to grow from $1m to $100m in ARR in 23 months, making UiPath one of the fastest-growing enterprise software companies in history. UiPath has trebled its valuation from $1bn to $3bn in just six months and now has 40% of the Fortune 500 as customers, operations in 16 countries and a user base of 250,000 people.
In June 2017, Guy became chief evangelist, a bi-directional role, communicating 'out' from the company and listening to its community of developers, customers, partners and analysts, communicating it back 'into' the development, product, marketing and sales teams. In this way, he's helping the company scale to achieve its plan to IPO at some point.
Writing and presenting as UiPath extends its core RPA platform to include and embed AI capabilities in NLP, DNN, ML and iOCR from (amongst others): Google, IBM, Microsoft and Abbyy, Guy explains how these capabilities enable UiPath’s customers in SSC, GIC, GBS and BPO operations to automatically handle unstructured data as easily as they can structured allowing many more processes to be automated. This is a significant driver of intelligent automation growth.
Guy suggested the world’s first RPA MOOC (launched in April 2017 as UiPath Academy) which is free of charge and available to all. 15 months later, over 120,000 have enrolled across 163 countries.
Prior to moving into RPA and AI, Guy spent time in BPO with several providers including Sutherland Global Services, where UiPath technology was first used to automate an outsourcing deal, Xchanging (now part of DXC) and TCS where he built their global AR functions. Guy also worked for consulting firms Capgemini and EquaTerra (now part of KPMG) shaping BPO deals and building the European team respectively.
Guy holds a BA in psychology and an MPhil from the University of Stirling. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts working with the RSA on education plans for children, students and those people in employment affected by automation. When not working, Guy lives in the Tamar Valley and rides horses.