Leadership Team

QiO has proven senior industry visionaries at the helm, and a passionate team of talented cross-disciplined professionals spanning an international network, including the UK, US, India, Germany and Singapore.

Leadership Team

Rick Haythornthwaite

Rick Haythornthwaite

Co-Founder & Chairman

Rick Haythornthwaite is the global chairman of the NYSE-listed Mastercard Inc and an Advisory Partner to Moelis & Co. He is co-founder and chairman of QiO Technologies, an industrial artificial intelligence company, and director of the digital consultancy, Globant. He is also an investor in and chairman of ARC International, the global glass tableware manufacturer. He was previously the CEO of Invensys from 2001-2005 and Blue Circle Industries from 1999-2001 having joined as Director of Asia and Europe in 1997. He spent his early career in BP from 1978-1995 before moving to Premier Oil as Commercial Director from 1995 to 1997. He has served on the boards of Network Rail as chairman and Cookson, Lafarge, ICI and Land Securities as non-executive director. In the UK non-for-profit sector he is the current chair of the Creative Industries Federation and former chair of the Southbank Centre and Almeida Theatre. He was educated at MIT (Sloan Fellow) and The Queen’s College, Oxford (MA Geology).

Rajan Pandhare


Rajan has been an Operating Partner with a leading European 2billion Private Equity group supporting their expansion into technology and tech enabled services companies. In addition, he has successfully built software services, and product companies in USA and UK with offshore delivery centres in India. He has also been Co-founder and Chairman of Irene Healthcare (chain of secondary care hospitals), Kalpan Hydro (renewable energy company) and Vice Chairman of I2India, a joint venture of Imperial College, UK.

Away from the commercial world, Rajan also led the expansion of President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Initiative across Africa and Asia, and has been board member of leading foundations and not for profits (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Care International UK) and investment committee of Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. He has also been on the board of GreenInfra and EVI, portfolio companies of private equity groups and remains an active angel investor in early stage technology companies across India and USA. He holds a MS from Louisiana State University, USA.

Rick Haythornthwaite
Rick Haythornthwaite

Ed Birch

Finance Director

Ed is responsible for all aspects of finance and acts as the performance conscience of the business with end-to-end profitability and cash management accountability. Ed was ‘Big 4’ trained at KPMG with a background in corporate turnaround having worked in the firm’s Restructuring advisory practice throughout the global financial crisis.

Previously, as Head of FP&A at Experian plc, Ed led the delivery of all financial planning and analysis for the dynamic EMEA region of the FTSE100 software, data and analytics business. He qualified as an accountant whilst at KPMG and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Gary Chandler

Chief Technology Officer

Gary joined QiO from Rolls-Royce, having spent 25 years developing real-time safety-critical control systems for aero-engines. As a keen strategist and innovator, Gary was a key leader in the adoption of ‘Lean Product Development’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ within Rolls-Royce, deeply engaging with the associated culture change.

Gary is responsible for all commercial aspects of software deployments where he utilises his deep domain expertise to unlock customer value through advanced analytics and AI-infused software.

Rick Haythornthwaite
Rick Haythornthwaite

Fouad Omri

AI Fellow

Fouad is responsible for the product engineering of AI-infused applications at scale. Managing a global team of engineers to develop AI expertise that provides our customers and partners with self-learning applications that are not limited by static slices of point-in-time views but become smarter with each deployment.

Fouad holds a PhD in computer science and applied mathematics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He was a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology specialising in Statistical Modelling, Machine Learning, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning.