While their overall numbers are still relatively small, the ranks of chief data officers is growing. Here is a sampling of some the newest CDO appointments and hires. (If you know of others, please send the information to us at Information Management).


Charlie Allieri Heads Up Aberdeen’s Data Business

Charlie Allieri has been named chief data officer at the San Diego office of Aberdeen Group, a market research and predictive analytics firm headquartered in Boston. Allieri will manage the company’s data and analytics business. Most recently, Allieri co-founded iLantern in 2005, whose key assets were acquired by Avention in 2014. iLantern is a leading provider of dynamic event data and customizable trigger solutions.


Philippe Marie-Jeanne Named CDO at AXA Group

AXA has appointed Philippe Marie-Jeanne as chief data officer (CDO) of the AXA Group, in addition to his role as head of the Data Innovation Lab. In his new role, Marie-Jeanne will be responsible for efficiently enhancing the group’s data capabilities. He will be in charge of the global data strategy and roadmap, the development of local and regional CDOs as well as the building of the group’s positioning on structuring aspects such as data privacy, data architecture and technological orientations.


Tony Stewart Becomes First CDO at Xero

Xero has appointed Tony Stewart to the newly established role of chief data officer. He is responsible for accelerating automation, business systems rollout, and big data projects for the firm. Prior to Xero, Stewart was group CEO of Intergen, and has hands-on experience in financial management, human resources, sales and marketing, and technology leadership.  

Xero CEO Rod Drury said Stewart's data and analytics skills will be invaluable to the company, which announced in August that it would use the data it has to bridge the gap between small businesses and their access to getting funds from financial institutions.


Ivy Tech Community College Selects Brendan Aldrich as CDO

Ivy Tech Community College has selected Brendan Aldrich as the college’s new chief data officer.  Aldrich is responsible for enterprise-wide data and information governance, control, quality, availability and data use policy development. He also will lead a process to engage and empower functional area data stewards to maximize the return on data assets and to champion a data-themed decision-making culture. Aldrich most recently served as executive director of enterprise information management at City Colleges of Chicago where he was responsible for data oversight, reform, and modernization.


U.S. Marshals Gets New Chief Data Officer

The U.S. Marshals Service has hired Roberta Griffith, a former official with the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, as its new chief data officer. Griffith is charged with establishing and implementing an enterprise data strategy to leverage data insights that drive strategic and tactical business decisions, and a culture that supports those efforts. In the new position, Griffith heads a staff of 10 federal and contract employees. Griffith's right-hand person in helping driving new data policies is Kimberly Noonan, the USMS's lead data scientist.


ClearStory Data Recruits Fed Reserve’s ex-CDO

Menlo Park, California-based data intelligence solutions provider ClearStory Data has named Micheline Casey (PICTURED) to its advisory board. Casey most recently served as the first-ever chief data officer for the Federal Reserve Board, the central bank of the United States, and the first Chief Data Officer for a state government in the U.S. An internationally recognized expert in using data for critical data-driven decisions, Casey has won several honors, including DC’s Top 50 Women in Technology and Top 25 Information Managers from Information Management magazine.


Jeffrey Chen to Head New Commerce Data Service

The Commerce Department has hired data scientist Jeffrey Chen to support its launch of the Commerce Data Service in another step toward building a data-driven government. In the new role Chen will be responsible to "help supercharge our data projects that will fundamentally change the way people and businesses interact with the department and its bureaus using the power of data science," the agency noted in a blog post. Chen held previous data science positions at NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the New York City Fire Department.

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