Microsoft hires British-Syrian Mustafa Suleyman to head its AI business

Sulayman is one of the most influential people in the field of AI

Microsoft has hired British-Syrian Mustafa Suleyman to head its AI business, cementing his role in the industry.
Mustafa Suleyman, a highly respected British-Syrian AI expert, has been named as Microsoft's artificial intelligence business head, as the company cements its position in this booming field.

Suleyman co-founded DeepMind, which Google purchased in 2014, before starting up in 2022 with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, to guide AI away from racist, sexist or violent behaviour. It has also been named a rival to Microsoft in the field of AI.

He also co-wrote 'The Coming Wave', a highly influential book in the tech industry that examines the potential and pitfalls of AI.

Microsoft said in a post on LinkedIn on Monday named Sulyaman as CEO of Microsoft AI, leading all of its consumer products and research, including its generative AI service Copilot as well as its Bing search engine and Edge browser. 

He will report directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who welcomed his appointment in a blog post.

"This infusion of new talent will enable us to accelerate our pace yet again," Nadella wrote.

The hiring is likely to bolster Microsoft's lead position in the booming AI industry, as big tech companies battle for positions to capitalise on the demand for AI services.