Murat Sönmez

MD, Head of Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum

Murat Sönmez was a member of the founding team in 1997 at TIBCO Software, a real- time predictive data analytics software company based in Palo Alto, California. He was responsible for TIBCO’s customer and partner facing global field operations across 32 countries with a team of 1,700 employees looking after 4,000 customers. He was also a director and board member of TIBCO Software Federal Inc., servicing the US Federal Government. He left in August 2014 after leading the company across the billion dollar revenue mark and joined the World Economic Forum as a Member of the Managing Board. In addition to that role he is currently the Head of the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

TIBCO has been a pioneer in several industries and Murat has personally been involved in many of industry firsts: digitizing the Wall Street trading floors; helping companies such as eBay, Amazon and Yahoo! build their e-commerce platforms; helping Intel to create the world’s first fully automated fab; laying the foundation for FedEx’s real-time track & trace operations; working with national intelligence agencies to help identify and respond to cyber-attacks; working with manufacturing companies to identify supply chain issues before they happen to take proactive action; working with leading retailers such as Macy’s to match customers’ references to available inventory in real-time; working with leading banks such as DBS and Citibank Asia for predictive customer management; creating the smart grid and cyber security infrastructure for utilities in the US and Australia, and in one case doubling the electricity capacity without adding a single watt of extra generation leading to $2 billion savings annually. In his executive sponsor role in several of these engagements, Murat worked directly with the CEOs and boards to help transform their organizations and gave keynote speeches globally at customers’ and
partners’ gatherings.

Murat’s educational background includes a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey, and M.S., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Virginia Tech.

Murat Sonmez

Murat Sönmez

Managing Director, Head of Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum

2018 Sessions

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on society, business and governance

28 November 2018

09:05 – 09:30