Cortex logic appoints Deon van Heerden as new CEO


Business Reporter

CAPE TOWN – African Artificial Intelligence Software and Solutions company, Cortex Logic, has appointed Deon van Heerden as the new Chief Executive Officer of Cortex Logic and Board Member of the Cortex Group.

Van Heerden is an accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur, who aims to spur exponential growth and lead the company through the next phase of expansion.

“We’re experiencing a mammoth increase in demand from enterprises, both in local and international markets, for our Artificial Intelligence products and solutions,” said Dr Jacques Ludik, Cortex Logic Founder, Managing Director and Cortex Group CEO.

“Being on an aggressive growth path, expanding our team not only means attracting the brightest young minds but growing our senior executive team as well. We’re onboarding leaders who can hit the ground running and contribute a wealth of knowledge on how to grow businesses and industries by leveraging cutting-edge 4th Industrial Revolution technologies.”

Dr Ludik continued, “Given the traction received since announcing Cortex Logic’s investment injection in February 2019, we are poised to expand the Cortex Logic product portfolio and deploy our AI-based enterprise solutions to both local and global markets. Parallel with van Heerden’s vast experience in scaling and leading tech-based companies globally, we’re certain that we have a winning combination that will further propel our positioning as one of Africa’s Artificial Intelligence pioneers.”

Van Heerden has previously occupied various leadership roles at tech-based companies, overseeing international expansion efforts and spearheading significant revenue growth within those businesses.

Prior to his latest appointment, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of California-based global customer engagement company Clickatell Group and Chief Executive Officer of the Clickatell Engage Business Unit.

Van Heerden has also served on the Clickatell Board of Directors since 2011 and has spent significant time in Silicon Valley – spearheading expansion efforts of Clickatell into UK / Europe, India, Nigeria and most other parts of Africa. Prior to Clickatell, he served as the COO of ViaMedia and as Senior Manager at Accenture in both South Africa and the UK.

“I’m excited to join Cortex Logic at this pivotal point in its history,” Van Heerden said.

“Having actively advised on productization, strategies and go-to market efforts for the past 2 years, I’ve noted Cortex Logic’s three key ingredients for success.  Great customers, great products and great people – The opportunities for leveraging cutting-edge 4th Industrial Revolution technologies are growing exponentially and Cortex Logic presents an enterprise product portfolio that can be deployed to the broader international market. We’re growing our customer and client base at a phenomenal pace, which is paving the way for an incredible future for Cortex Logic and its team.”

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