March 12, 2021

Distinguished Intelligence Executive Dr. John C. Gannon Joins Torch.AI Board

Distinguished Intelligence Executive Dr. John C. Gannon Joins Torch.AI Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 12, 2021 – Torch.AI, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) platform, today announces the addition of Dr. John C. Gannon to its Advisory Board. Gannon joins Torch.AI with decades of experience in the United States Intelligence Community.  He is committed to ensure the analytic tradecraft critical to our national security mission is supported by the very best emerging technologies.

"I am excited to be working with Torch.AI's creative technical team in a particularly challenging period for U.S. national security.  America's need for its unique skills and innovative spirt have never been greater,” said Gannon.

Gannon served in key leadership roles for the Central Intelligence Agency including director of European Analysis, deputy director for intelligence, assistant director of central intelligence for analysis and production, and as chair of the National Intelligence Council. After his retirement from the CIA, Gannon served at the White House as head of the intelligence team standing up the Department of Homeland Security and later in U.S. Congress as the first staff director of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security.

Later, Gannon served as President of UK-owned BAE Systems’ $1.7B Intelligence and Security sector practice, where he successfully managed one of the industry’s largest Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) programs supporting intelligence, defense and homeland security missions.

“We are so privileged to have Dr. Gannon join us and guide how next-generation artificial intelligence can address some of the great data challenges of our time,” said Brian Weaver, founder, chairman and CEO at Torch.AI. “He brings wide and deep perspectives on how our ultra-high performance data processing can help agencies quickly and cost-effectively explore opportunities and threats across vast data and disparate systems.”  

During his career, Gannon served on various committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). In 2020, he was appointed co-chair of the Congressionally Directed NASEM Roundtable on Science, Technology, and Security. Also in 2020, Gannon was elected chairman of the National Intelligence University Board of Visitors.

Gannon has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal, Director’s Medal and Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. In 2004, former President George W. Bush awarded Gannon the National Security Medal, the nation’s highest intelligence award.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Holy Cross College and a master’s degree and doctorate in history from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Gannon is a retired Naval Reserve Officer (06, Captain) and Vietnam veteran with extensive reserve service in the Pentagon.

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI’s Nexus™ platform changes the paradigm of data and digital workflows, forever solving core impediments caused by the ever-increasing volume and complexity of information.  Customers enjoy a single unifying solution which begins by instantly deconstructing and describing any data, in real-time, at the earliest possible moment. Purpose built for massively scaled, ultra high-speed data processing, the platform comes equipped with security features, flexible data workloads, compliance capabilities, and drag and drop functionality that is unrivaled in today’s technology landscape.  The company’s solutions have helped to fight fraud, secure information, make better decisions of trust, evolve operational capabilities, and create better customer experiences.

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