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NativeX Hires Founding Turn Scientist Dr. James Shanahan as Chief Scientist and VP of Data Science

Company strengthens predictive analytics team in order to increase ad relevancy and profitability for game developers

San Francisco – WEBWIRE

SAN FRANCISCO– NativeX, the leading advertising technology provider for games, is today announcing the hiring of James Shanahan, a data and machine-learning expert as their Chief Scientist and VP of Data Science. Shanahan, a former executive director at AT&T, Xerox and founding chief scientist of Turn, will help with the company’s ongoing innovation in predictive analytics and native ad targeting.
Big data is driving transformative changes across the advertising industry. At NativeX, Shanahan will lead a team of Data Scientists to develop predictive algorithms to optimize advertising revenue for the company’s game developer partners.
“We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible with big data in mobile advertising,” said Dr. Shanahan. “NativeX has made data science a cornerstone of its ad technology platform, blending age-old ideas from Reverend Bayes, modern statistical machine learning techniques and operations research, and we are already seeing major leaps in ad performance, both in terms of the top line and to the bottom”
NativeX works with 65 percent of the top-grossing Android developers and 55 percent of the same on iOS, enabling the company to gather data on a large variety of customer preferences, ad strategies, and app use cases. With Shanahan’s help, NativeX has already expanded its efforts to collect and analyze data to create actionable insights for advertisers and app developers alike.
“Advertising technology is transforming before our eyes, with much of the innovation stemming from big data science,” said Andy Johnson, CEO of NativeX. “Dr. Shanahan is one of the top Data Scientists in the industry, and we are delighted to have him join our team.
Shanahan has nearly 25 years of experience leading innovation in data mining, machine learning and predictive analytics. Before joining NativeX, he consulted and lead teams on organic search engine ranking algorithms at companies such as SearchMe, advertising and machine learning for clients like AT&T, Adobe, Digg and He also served as Chief Scientist for Turn Inc., a leading advertising analytics firm, and has held research and engineering positions at Xerox and Mitsubishi. Shanahan also teaches a sequence of graduate-level classes on machine learning, data mining, operations research, and distributed systems at University of California at Santa Cruz.
In addition to Shanahan, NativeX has plans to expand its existing predictive analytics team to further improve the performance and results of its native advertising platform.

About NativeX

NativeX is creating the leading ad technology for games. For developers who want to monetize with advertising that really works, NativeX is the marketing technology platform that is reinventing in-app advertising to create more effective and engaging ad experiences that enable developers to build successful businesses around their apps. Native advertising becomes part of the user experience and it out-performs standard display advertising, often doubling or tripling revenue for publisher partners. For more information, visit or email . Follow us on Twitter @nativex.


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