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Avast appoints Michal Pechoucek as Chief Technology Officer

Renowned professor from Czech Technical University will join on September 1, 2019 to foster Avastís extensive AI-based cybersecurity research program


Prague, Czech Republic & Redwood City, California – WEBWIRE

Avast†(LSE:AVST), announced it has appointed Michal Pechoucek to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective September 1, 2019. Michal Pechoucek joins from the highly regarded Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) where he is an established professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering leading the Department of Computer Science and the†Artificial Intelligence Center, which he founded nearly two decades ago.

Ondrej Vlcek, Avastís new Chief Executive Officer, said of the appointment, ďMichalís experience in academia and industry, his ability to connect ideas, people, and resources from different fields, and his track record in leading successful teams make him the ideal fit for our CTO role. One of his core responsibilities will be to further our research in AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity. Michal will also be leading our core technology and R&D teams to support the work of our Threat Labs, and our big data and innovation teams. I am excited to have him and his colleagues join us, helping us to forge a stronger collaboration with academia in this fast-moving field of applied research.Ē

Michal Pěchouček is recognized worldwide for his contribution to research in computer science and AI applications and is an author of number of highly cited papers. He will bring to the role fresh insights based on his practical and academic experience. He was the prime mover behind the creation of the AVAST Chair of Cybersecurity at CTU, and in 2019, he also established the AVAST funded joint CTU/Avast AI and Cybersecurity Laboratory and will continue to support this project in his role as Avastís CTO. He will keep his professorship and will continue to run the university AI Center. He will be joined by three leading fellow AI scientists, who will work to expand Avastís understanding of how artificial intelligence can radically improve societyís ability to protect against increasingly sophisticated cyber†threats. These three scientists will continue to spend one day a week teaching and advising PhD students at the university in order to further reinforce the existing AVAST/CTU collaboration.

Michal Pěchouček commented, ďThis paves a new way for industry and academia to work together on some of the biggest and most exciting research-based challenges of our time. Avastís commitment to funding ongoing and new research in AI and machine learning enables CTU to demonstrate its expertise in these fields, helping attract and retain the best and brightest minds. Avast is recognized as the AI company in the field of cybersecurity, so Iím looking forward to getting started in my new role and together with engineers and scientists from AVAST and their colleagues from CTU to further develop AI to help people to be safe on the internet.Ē

Mr. Pěchouček previously had co-founded several technology start-ups including cyber security firm Cognitive Security (in 2013 acquired by CISCO), AgentFly, which specializes in controlling autonomous aircraft traffic and BlindSpot Solutions, which develops AI for industrial applications (in 2017 acquired by Adastra Group). He also directed the R&D Center of AI and Computer Security for CISCO and later worked as a strategist in the CISCO Security CTO office.†

About Avast:
Avast (LSE: AVST) is the global leader in digital security products. With over 400 million users online, Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The companyís threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, West Coast Labs and others. Visit:†www.avast.com.


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