Welcome to this week’s DX Digest (Issue 53) where we are thrilled to curate the latest digital business transformation news and executive moves.
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The new center is a “fully functional end-to-end operational lab” containing a physical representation of an energy utility smart grid. The model enables real-world demonstrations of private network operations across the power grid—from generation and transmission to distribution to end-users. [Dallas Innovates]
The $21 million, 66,700-square-foot Belgium-based lab includes an experience center and a pilot plant with sensory expertise and creative workspace for the company’s R&D team of chocolate engineers. [Food Business News]
NASA expanded its Open Innovation Services 2 Contract program (NOIS) to fund a new round of start-ups to improve enterprise search capabilities, optimize user interfaces, and leverage artificial intelligence to predict risk. [Washington Technology]
Toyota’s new Cabin Awareness technology uses a high-resolution 4D imaging radar that senses the “micro movements” of its passengers including heartbeat, motion, and respiration of the occupants. [CollissionRepairMag.com]
The vehicle is a self-contained mobile health office that features digital mammography, serving rural locations in Georgia. (Southeast Georgia Health System).
On The Move
L’Oreal USA Names Han Wen Chief Digital & Marketing Officer
Wen previously served in the same role for L’Oreal’s professional products division as well as global chief digital officer of the flagship L’Oreal Paris brand.
Delta Vet Eric Phillips Named the Airline’s First-Ever Chief Digital Officer
Phillips, a 25-year veteran of the global carrier, was previously SVP, airport customer service and cargo operations.
Focus Brands Hires Tim Voss as CTO
Voss joins the parent company of Cinnabon, Carvel, Jamba Juice and other brands from Gem Shopping Network where he was CTO.
Popeye’s Names Jeff Klein CMO
Klein was previously CMO at Little Caesar’s.
Purple Names Jeff Hutchings Chief Innovation Officer
Hutchings joins the DTC mattress/bedding company from Skullcandy where he was chief product officer.
Carparts.com Names Lowe’s Digital Exec Kals Subramanaian as CTO
Subramanian joins the online auto parts and accessories retailer (formerly US Auto Parts) from Lowe’s where he was VP, ecommerce.