John Linwood

Chief Technology Officer

John is responsible for Earth-i’s software technology platforms that transform satellite imagery and video into meaningful analysis and actionable insights using techniques such as machine learning, AI, Data Science, automated image/video analysis, 3D imagery and others.

Prior to Earth-i, John was CTO at Wood Mackenzie, a Data Analytics provider to the Energy, Mining and Metals industries.  John led digital transformation of Wood Mackenzie’s global business including delivery of B2B eCommerce, Digital Marketing, Data Science and digital distribution of data, analytics and reporting.

Before that, John was CTO of the BBC for 4 years, responsible for all Information, Production, Post Production and Broadcast technology in the BBC including cameras, studios, IT, broadcast, production, post production, distribution and archiving.  John managed the Technology, Distribution and Archive Division of 1200 staff with an annual technology budget of £500 million.  He was responsible for delivery of the technology to support all divisions of the BBC (News, Television, Radio) as well as managing a large number of outsource technology and service providers.  Highlights include London 2012 Olympics where the BBC live streamed all events for the first time ever, digital virtualisation project for BBC Local Radio, BBC’s flagship production facilities at New Broadcasting House in London and Media City in Manchester as well as a comprehensive news authoring and content management system for BBC journalists.

Before the BBC, John was Senior Vice President of International Engineering for Yahoo for 5 years where he managed a Software and Service Engineering organisation of 1600 staff based in 22 countries around the world, including a large development centre in Bangalore, India with 800 staff and a further 300 staff in Grenoble in France.  Key achievements there include building and delivering Yahoo Answers which grew to 130 million users/month.

Before Yahoo, John was GM of International Engineering at Microsoft responsible for building, internationalising and running Microsoft’s online MSN service in all countries outside of the US.  Here, he managed an organisation of around 500 Software, Systems, Internationalisation and Localisation engineers based around the world.

Earlier in John’s career he was a co-founder of 3 successful technology start-ups.  John also holds several Non-Executive Board roles.

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