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Data leaders on the move in August

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General Motors has created and filled a new position — chief data officer — to help the company improve data science and analytics of customer, corporate and business data. The company named A. Charles Thomas to the position and he will report to GM North America president Alan Batey. Thomas most recently served as the chief data officer and head of enterprise data and analytics at Wells Fargo.

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Target Group, a business process outsourcing and operational transformation provider, has hired Richard Gregory as the company’s chief digital officer. Gregory has held senior leadership positions at companies such as Nokia, Whitbread, and most recently as Nationwide’s head of information management. He will be responsible for driving development and delivery of Target Group’s overall data strategy. Gregory will report to Co-Group CEO Ian Larkin.

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Magnitude Software has named a new general manager of connectivity in order to bolster the company’s data connectivity capabilities following its acquisition of Simba Technologies last year. Tony Fisher has been hired to the position, and will be responsible for strategy, growth, product, operations and integrating Simba-based technologies into new Magnitude solutions. He has previously worked at Zaloni, Progress Software and Dataflux, and brings over 20 years of experience to Magnitude.

Kemper Corp announced the appointment of Kan Yuk “Andy” Lau as senior vice president and chief data and analytics officer. He will report directly to Joseph P. Lacher Jr., the company’s president and CEO. Lau most recently served as vice president, analytics, for CNA Insurance Co. He has also served as vice president and product manager for Liberty International’s Great Britain operations in London. Earlier in his career, Lau served in actuarial, research, and development roles for Allstate.

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The state of Arkansas has recently worked to build up their technology, appointing Richard Wang as its new chief data officer. He will report directly to Yessica Jones, who took over as state chief technology officer in March. Wang joins the state after working at MIT for 15 years, serving as the director for the MIT Information Quality (MITIQ) and Data Science program and co-director of MIT’s Total Data Quality Management (TDQM) Program. Additionally, Wang served as the deputy chief data officer and chief data quality officer for the U.S. Army from 2009-11. Wang will be responsible for leading the state toward a greater use of data-driven decision making and finding a greater value for the taxpayer dollar through better allocation of existing data.

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