Smith Brings Proven Technology Track Record and Will Advance the Company’s Mission To: “Eliminate Lines and Save People Time”
Grabango, the premiere checkout-free technology service provider to existing brick-and-mortar grocers and convenience store chains, announced the appointment of Ryan Smith as the Vice President of Product and Engineering. As a leading expert in artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and distributed systems, Smith brings extensive experience in designing and deploying complicated enterprise-class products that dramatically improve operational efficiency.
“I am impressed by Ryan’s passion to enhance people’s lives through technology,” said Will Glaser, Grabango CEO and founder. “Ryan’s leadership will further enable Grabango’s team to deliver advanced products that serve our customers’ diverse business needs and transform everyday shoppers’ checkout experiences.”
Smith began his career at Amgen, a multinational biopharmaceutical company, and led a team of engineers in developing and deploying robotics and novel vision algorithms for pharmaceutical applications. Most recently, Ryan served as the Vice President of Product and Engineering at Sight Machine, a company that enables many of the world’s largest OEMs to leverage artificial intelligence and stream processing for automation. Smith oversaw the initial product creation through the scaling of Sight Machine’s first ten international markets.
“I am excited to join Grabango at such a key moment in the retail tech evolution,” said Ryan Smith. “Innovation continues to play an increasing role in enhancing people’s shopping experience. I look forward to advancing Grabango’s leadership position in the checkout-free technology industry.”
Smith will lead a growing team of engineers, developers, and designers at Grabango. A primary focus of his will be completing commercial deployments at Giant Eagle and Grabango’s three other grocery and convenience store clients. Smith will further refine product deliverables and commercial services by working closely with Grabango’s expanding customer base.
Smith studied physics and computer science at Illinois Wesleyan University and has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.