Sharpen Names Ric Kosiba Chief Data Scientist

Sharpen Technologies, developers of the agent-first omnichannel cloud contact centre platform announced that industry veteran Ric Kosiba has been named chief data scientist.

In this position, Kosiba will develop data-driven initiatives to empower agents to optimise performance and enhance the customer experience. In this C-level position, he will report directly to Sharpen’s CEO Bill Gildea.

“Ric has always been several steps ahead of the competition, building complex models that solve inefficiencies in contact centre operations worldwide,” said Gildea. “His products bring immediate and long-lasting results and our customers will see his impact at Sharpen as early as the first half of 2020.”

Kosiba co-founded Bay Bridge Decisions Technologies in 2000, where he developed the contact centre industry’s first “what if” decisions engine, a complex set of algorithms designed to forecast proper staffing levels. Based on individual customer requirements, Decisions saved mid-market and Fortune 500 companies millions of dollars annually by achieving optimal operating levels. After being acquired in 2012 by Interactive Intelligence, now Genesys, Kosiba continued overseeing all aspects of the Decisions product from development to sales and marketing to professional services. Kosiba received a Ph.D. in operations research from Purdue University in 1991, where he also earned a BSCE (1984) and MSCE (1986).

“As an entrepreneur at heart, I’m thrilled to join the team at Sharpen and am excited to further enhance our agent-first focus,” said Kosiba. “I’ve already begun working with the product team to develop simple-to-use but powerful performance features that will deliver significant ROI through agent self-management using our Insights reporting and analytics capabilities.”

About Sharpen Technologies

Sharpen Technologies is the world’s first, truly agent-focused contact centre platform built in the cloud for the cloud. The omnichannel platform lets users seamlessly transition between calls, texts, webchats, emails, social media, video, etc. all in real-time and in a single interaction. Sharpen was recently recognized by Frost & Sullivan’s Contact Center Buyers Guide, North America (2019) for its “dramatic ROI,” “out-of-the-box integrations” and “powerful reporting and analytics tools,” while Nemertes Research called Sharpen a “Top-Rated Contact Center Solutions Provider” (2018). The company has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by Inc. magazine (2019) and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce (2017, 2018).