Kerrie Holley

Kerrie Holley

Author, Inventor, AI for Business

Sunnyvale, California

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Kerrie joined United Health Group (UHG), Optum, as their first Technology Fellow and Senior Vice President focused on advancing and applying several technologies like artificial intelligence, deep learning, natural language processing and ambient computing. Kerrie spent the bulk of his career at IBM where he was an IBM Fellow, Master Inventor and now IBM Fellow [Emeritus]. His last assignment with IBM Research. He was IBM’s first African American Distinguished Engineer. He is fond of appearing on ABC News and a TED talk to discuss IBM’s Watson the day after its historic debut on Jeopardy! He holds a number of technology patents and is the author of two books: “Is Your Company Ready for Cloud” and “100 SOA Questions: Asked and Answered.” His third book is due to publish in 2020, “AI First Healthcare” with co-author Dr. Siupo Becker, MD at UHG. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from DePaul University in Chicago; a Juris Doctor Degree and an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. See

Areas of Expertise:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • API Economy
  • Futurist
  • Leadership
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing