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11 Chief Data Officers to Know

Businesses and government organizations continue to hire or promote executives into the chief data officer (CDO) post. In fact, 61 percent of chief information officers hope to hire CDOs within the next 12 months to help their organizations gather, manage, protect, optimize and monetize data, according to Experian. Here are 11 CDOs who are paving a path for data-driven management.

1. Paul Ballew, Ford Motor Co.

Paul Ballew became Ford Motor Co.’s first chief data and analytics officer effective Jan. 5, 2015. The automaker has long been a data-driven company. But President and CEO Mark Fields is striving to shift the effort into overdrive. “We are committed to making people’s lives better through innovations on mobility, connectivity, autonomous vehicles, performance and the customer experience,” said Fields in a prepared statement when Ballew became CDO. “Taking big data and analytics to the next level inside Ford connects all of this work and is a key part of our drive for innovation in every part of our business.”

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2. Niall Brennan, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Niall Brennan is chief data officer and the director of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) at CMS. He’s set to keynote HealthData Management&'s 4th annual Healthcare Analytics Symposium, July 13-15 in Chicago.

3. Ali Farahani, Los Angeles County

Ali Farahani is chief data officer for the county, which is developing a data management initiative that spans big data, analytics, and a push away from siloed data environments. He has held IT-related positions for Los Angeles County since 1989, rising to the CDO post in August 2012.

4. Steve Hirsch, Intercontinental Exchange Group/NYSE

Steve Hirsch is chief data officer at Intercontinental Exchange Group/NYSE. He co-founded the NYSE Big Data software team, which is focused on developing and commercializing a tool set (Pivotal Data Dispatch) built to run the exchange’s data environment. As part of the senior technical leadership, he now leads a team of 150+ people who drive Data Architecture, Database Development, Data Operations, Storage and Automation, supporting Data Products, Analytics, Data Warehousing and Transaction platforms.

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5. Dewey Houck, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Dewey Houck is chief data analytics officer for this $31 billion unit of The Boeing Co. He moved into that position, leading a newly formed analytics team, effective June 1, 2015. Houck previously was vice president and general manager of Electronic & Information Solutions within the unit's Network & Space Systems business.

6. Jennifer Ippoliti, Raymond James Financial

Jennifer Ippoliti is Raymond James Financial’s first chief data officer. She is responsible for designing, executing, and managing the enterprise data management strategy for the firm, ensuring that data is treated as an asset, and stewarded centrally to control its quality. She has more than 25 years of data management experience in financial services and capital markets, working with corporate and investment banks, brokerages, exchanges, hedge funds, ECNs, and data vendors.

7. Rick Kochhar, TD Bank

Rick Kochhar is chief data officer at the bank. He and his team are accountable for delivering a unified approach for TD Bank’s Business Segments and Corporate Functions. The overall goals are to leverage data as an enterprise asset; enable legendary customer, client, and employee experiences; and ensure continuation of a robust record of regulatory compliance.

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8. JT Kostman, Time Inc.

Time Inc. hired JT Kostman as senior VP/chief data officer in May 2015. He previously held similar posts Aptus Insights, Keurig and Samsung. Although Time Inc.’s overall revenues are dropping, digital revenues are climbing and Kostman will have ample opportunity to manage, grow and monetize the company’s massive databases. Indeed, Time Inc.'s various databases track about 150 million offline adults; 40 million Twitter followers; 120 million worldwide website visitors per month; and plenty more, according to The Wall Street Journal.

9. Gary S. Laben, Wunderman

Wunderman, the digital marketing agency, promoted Gary S. Laben into the newly created chief data officer spot in March 2015. Among the data assets he’ll seek to grow, manage and monetize: Nearly 800 million consumer profiles; the collection of more than 12 billion SKUs annually; 5 proprietary analytic platforms; and the ability to handle more than 2,300 terabytes of data.

10. Yi Li, OgilvyOne China

OgilvyOne China, the marketing and ad agency, named Yi Li as the company's first chief data officer in China in early 2015. She has more than 15 years of data-driven experience across CRM, consumer insight and computer science across the U.S. and China, according to OgilvyOne.

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11. Dak Liyanearachchi, Catalina

Catalina -- one of the top digital media companies focused on consumer packaged goods – promoted Dak Liyanearachchi into the newly created chief data officer position in early 2015. Prior to the CDO role, he was senior VP of global data and analytics for Catalina

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