SAN DIEGO — PointPredictive announced today that Mike Kennedy has joined the company as vice president of analytics to spearhead the growing team of data scientists in its San Diego offices.

Kennedy has more than 20 years of machine learning experience across credit card, retail banking, small business, and auto lending with a focus on leveraging advanced data science to streamline lending decisions while driving down fraud and misrepresentation risk. He previously held key leadership positions at Mulligan Funding, Opera Solutions, and Fair Isaac Corp.

“I am excited to embark on this opportunity with PointPredictive,” Kennedy said. “The team is trailblazing new ground helping auto, mortgage and retail lenders leverage artificial intelligence. I’m thrilled to be part of a world-class team that has access to the breadth and depth of data to drive the highest performing scores that fundamentally changes the way decisions are made in these industries.”

In addition to driving performance enhancements, Kennedy will focus on leveraging PointPredictive’s vast repository of historical application, loan and dealer data to drive new innovative solutions to the market, executives said.

“We’re thrilled to have Mike join our leadership team,” said Tim Grace, CEO of PointPredictive. “He is a pioneer in machine learning and, over the past 20 years, he has built and deployed models that are used millions of times each day to target fraud and risk across multiple industries.  We have one of the best data scientist teams in the risk management space and we’re excited to have him lead our efforts.”