Executive Board

Executive board

The Cognitive Computing Consortium is led by Sue Feldman of Synthexis, Hadley Reynolds of NextEra Research and Hannah Webber of Athena Advisors. The consortium provides a forum for members of the IT industry, researchers, the media, technology users and buyers to exchange ideas and research on cognitive computing.

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Susan Feldman


Sue Feldman is founder and CEO of Synthexis, a consulting firm that provides business advisory services to vendors and buyers of cognitive computing, search and text analytics technologies. Since 1990, she has been instrumental in shaping market research and understanding in search and text analytics. She speaks frequently at industry events on topics such as trends in computing, conversational systems, big data technologies, and the hidden costs of information work.

In her book, The Answer Machine (Morgan & Claypool, 2012), Sue discusses the technologies behind information seeking and analysis, and their central role in the future of computing. Before founding Synthexis, Sue was Vice President for Search and Discovery Technologies at IDC (International Data Corporation), where she directed research on the technologies and markets for search, text analytics, categorization, translation, mobile and rich media search. Ms. Feldman holds degrees from Cornell University in linguistics and from the University of Michigan in information science.

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Hadley Reynolds


In 35 years in the software industry, Hadley has held a variety of product development and industry analyst roles. Hadley is a principal analyst at NextEra Research that offers a lens on emergent intelligent systems deployed to augment human decision making. Prior to NextEra Research, he most recently was associated with International Data Corporation as a senior analyst developing the practice on Search and Digital Marketplace technologies. Prior to IDC, he founded and acted as VP and Director of the Centre for Search Innovation at FAST/Microsoft.

For over a decade, he headed the research practice at Delphi Group, with a focus on knowledge management, search, content & collaboration management, and business process automation. Prior to his work at Delphi, he held product management, marketing, and strategy executive roles at Project Software & Development, Inc., a leader in enterprise application software for project management.


Hannah Webber

Operations Director

Hannah is the founder of Athena Advisors, a finance and operations consulting firm for small to mid-sized businesses. She began her career as an investment consultant for institutional investors at Cambridge Associates where she advised endowments and foundations on asset allocation and investment strategies. She then went on to Accenture where she specialized in M&A strategy. In 2012, Hannah joined an IoT start up as VP of Operations where she led company operations and product development. Hannah has over a decade of experience in finance, operations, and strategy in natural resources, healthcare, retail, non-profit, and technology organizations.

Hannah received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BS from Trinity College in Connecticut.