Oxa, the autonomous vehicle software developer, has announced three new appointments to its senior leadership team, bolstering the company’s growth as it scales globally this year.

Graeme Smith has been appointed chief product engineering officer and will be joining the business in August. He will be responsible for product management, engineering, solutions, programmes and services to deliver Oxa’s world-class portfolio of self-driving software products to customers globally.

Smith has over 26 years’ experience working primarily in big tech, most recently as senior director of engineering at Google, overseeing many of YouTube’s creator engineering teams.

Prior to Google, he worked at Amazon, where he led their development centre in Edinburgh, growing it to over 300 people and leading pioneering initiatives in ad tech, personalised retail, digital music and talent management.

He also served as CEO of Sizmek, a digital advertising business acquired by the company in 2019.

Oxa recently hired Katy Goldwater as chief people officer and will lead Oxa’s people strategy, including recruitment, talent development, and organisational effectiveness.

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She brings over 25 years of experience as an established global human resources executive to her role at Oxa. She has held leadership roles in high-growth companies including TikTok, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Astellas Europe, and both the financial services and healthcare divisions of General Electric.

Gavin Jackson, CEO at Oxa, said: Both Graeme and Katy will play a vital role in how we lead and scale our organisation. They bring a wealth of experience which will be crucial in accelerating our world class team and ensuring we deliver value to our customers.”

In addition, the company’s founder and CTO Professor Paul Newman has been appointed President of Oxa.

In this role, he will help drive the strategic vision of the company and will continue his CTO responsibilities in providing the technology and invention that underpins Oxa’s products.

Jackson added: “Having worked closely with Paul over the last 18 months, I know from first-hand experience he is among the world’s foremost technology visionaries with a rare and special depth in AI and Robotics.

“With his new role, Paul will ensure Oxa continues to develop groundbreaking innovations using the latest advancements in technology, whilst supporting me on leading Oxa into the future.”

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The announcement comes on the heels of Oxa’s recent rebrand from Oxbotica, marking the next stage in the company’s growth as the business prepares to scale in North America and Europe.