Ex-Royal Mail CTO Jochen Alt is to lead AI firm Greyparrot’s tech team, the company has announced.

Alt is one of a series of strategic hires which also includes talent from Huawei, Any Vision, Ocado, Cisco and Microsoft.

The London-based firm has created waste recognition software that identifies materials using AI-based computer vision to monitor, audit and sort waste at scale.

Alt brings to the role a track record of successfully implementing large-scale projects of up to £30m in T-Systems, Royal Mail, Deutsche Bank and DB Systems.

Alt will be responsible for driving Greyparrot’s large scale development of computer vision based waste analytics products to increase recycling rates,

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “Joining a company that combines a compelling business case with a technical challenge that requires top talent is amazing. On top of that, I am keen to help solve one of the major problems of the planet.

“I won’t ‘waste’ my experience and will use it to deliver a top-notch AI solution and rock solid software engineering for the waste recycling industry.”

Co-founder, CEO of Greyparrot, Mikela Druckman, added: ”Jochen’s expertise and his passion for what we do will drive the delivery of our leading waste analytic solution at scale.

“I am thrilled to have Jochen onboard to accelerate Greyparrot’s efforts to solve challenges in waste management and add value to the industry.”