Pearl Expands Leadership Team to Advance Dental AI Mission



Pearl, the global leader in dental AI solutions, has announced the appointment of Ben Plomion as chief operating officer and Mike Barniv, DDS, as vice president of clinical affairs. Plomion and Barniv will play crucial roles in driving the company’s growth and innovation while further strengthening Pearl’s leadership team.


In his role as COO, Plomion will oversee cross-departmental operations, focusing on scaling the company’s growth. With a background as the chief marketing officer at Dibbs and chief growth and marketing officer at GumGum, Plomion brings over two decades of experience in successfully commercializing AI efforts. His expertise will be instrumental in advancing Pearl’s development and commercial operations.

Dr. Barniv, the new vice president of clinical affairs, brings 20 years of experience as a full-time private practice dentist. Formerly vice president at Delta Dental of Idaho, overseeing claims, customer service, utilization management, and AI implementation, Dr. Barniv’s multidisciplinary dental experience, including teaching at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, will contribute to advancing Pearl’s commercial, clinical, and institutional impact.

“Ben and Mike each bring uniquely relevant and valuable experience to Pearl’s growing leadership team, and we’re privileged to welcome their support as we expand our capabilities and reach across the global dental market,” said Ophir Tanz, founder and CEO of Pearl. “Ben’s world-class growth and organizational leadership and Mike’s extraordinary clinical and commercial versatility prime Pearl to further expand its efforts to redefine the AI-powered future of dentistry.”

About Pearl

Pearl is leading the global dental AI revolution with groundbreaking computer vision solutions that elevate efficiency, accuracy, and the standard of care in dentistry. Founded in 2019 by Ophir Tanz, Pearl is backed by Craft Ventures and other leading venture capital firms.

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