5 Impactful Executives in Data Analytics
In his 1982 book, Megatrends, futures enthusiast John Naisbitt said “we are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.”
His thesis might no longer hold true amid the sea of advancements in business intelligence and analytics. Artificial intelligence and deep learning techniques have revolutionized the way businesses leverage their silos of data. Combined with plummeting costs and rising competition, big data analytics is here to stay.
But analytics insights are only as good as how much they are used. Avendus, a financial services firm, found that companies that embrace analytics and are using it as part of their business strategies are experiencing exceedingly strong top and bottom lines.
The Potomac Officers Club – a division of Executive Mosaic – features five impactful executives engaged in different areas of analytics.
Susan Doniz is Boeing’s chief information officer and senior vice president for IT and data analytics. She joined the aerospace manufacturer in May 2020, succeeding Vishwa Uddanwadiker who had served as interim CIO since October 2019.
She oversees the company’s operations in IT, data and analytics and information security. She also assists and sustains the Illinois-based aircraft maker’s business via IT and analytics income-generating initiatives, the company said.
Before joining Boeing, Doniz served for more than three years as the group CIO at Qantas Airways. Her responsibilities included supporting the growth programs of the company’s digital ecosystem and implementing the latest technologies for the airline’s and the customers’ needs.
Previously, she held the role of chief expert at SAP. Among her responsibilities was to support the complex customers and address their concerns and problems to maintain the company’s critical accounts. She also became a strategic advisor to the global CEO on transformation and technology issues on behalf of the customers.
Doniz also served as chief information, digital and product officer at data analytics company Aimia, managing the company’s end-to-end technology to support the needs of over 300 million customers worldwide.
She also spent 17 years with Procter & Gamble, where her most recent role was director in charge of the company’s business intelligence and analytics, data management and other global services. She likewise directed the IT and digitization programs for the organization’s supply chain, sales and R&D operations.
Doniz’s more than 25-year career also included serving in managerial and executive positions at several companies. She was the president and founder of technology consulting company MAS and board director at supply chain management service provider Cymax Group and at advertising agency Snipp Interactive.
She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in engineering. She also earned a degree in industrial engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Liz Porter serves as the acting president for the health group at Leidos, a role she has held since February 2020.
She has been with the company for nearly four years and her current role involves overseeing the group tasked to provide health-related services in IT, population hygiene risk and case management, analytics and life sciences, and public well-being, the company said.
Previously, Porter served as senior vice president and operation manager for the company’s federal energy & environment. The business unit that offers environmental engineering, energy, environment and science services to government customers such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
Before joining Leidos, she spent almost 13 years at Lockheed Martin. Her last role at the company was program director for the global service management operations program, where she managed multiple task orders connected to the Defense Information System Agency’s programs. The DISA networks enable branches and agencies of the Department of Defense to have secure and dedicated communications.
Porter also served as the company’s director of energy initiatives, corporate engineering and technology. She led the business segment in designing and implementing energy campaign strategies meant to sustain and expand the company’s energy operations.
During her tenure at Lockheed Martin, she received the U.S. clean energy education and empowerment initiative award for corporate implementation from the DOE, MIT Energy Initiative, Texas A&M Energy Institute and Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy.
Porter earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.
Chris Hagner is a 25-year industry veteran who currently serves as the senior vice president of cyber analytics at Novetta, an information technology and services provider based in McLean, Virginia, that specializes in identity intelligence, entity resolution, big data analytics and cybersecurity analytics.
Prior to taking charge of Novetta’s cyber analytics division, Hagner was responsible for the company’s technology practice as the SVP of products and technology. In his previous role, Hagner provided executive oversight on the delivery of Novetta’s commercial products and corporate research and development investments, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Hagner entered Novetta in March 2012 as the SVP of the company’s Information Exploitation division, in which he focused on developing large-scale data analytic solutions in support of federal clients.
Prior to joining Novetta, Hagner worked for IT company White Oak Technologies for a decade as the director of defense intelligence. In the said role, Hagner worked with White Oak’s largest and oldest client to develop advanced data analytics solutions for the defense and intel community. During his tenure, White Oak saw an annual 30 percent professional service engagement growth and a staff expansion to 75 members.
He also briefly served as the senior director of software development at online media company The Motley Fool. For nine months, Hagner and his team maintained the company’s commercial website and oversaw large scale email delivery to internal data analytic platforms.
Earlier in his career, Hagner held leadership positions at American Management Systems, Loki Technologies, Noblestar Systems and Soapbox.com.
He completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis before earning his master of business administration degree in entrepreneurship from George Mason University.
Bryan Rich has been serving as managing director and applied intelligence lead at Accenture Federal Services since June 2018.
Rich, who brings over 20 years of data science and operational intelligence experience to the role, leads the business unit tasked to sustain and provide advanced analytics and artificial intelligence services to federal government customers, the company said.
He also oversees the Accenture Federal AIP Discovery Lab, a studio-type setting that combines AI technologies including data science and design, machine learning and cognitive automation. The lab is meant to provide and develop technological innovations for the federal market.
Biniam Gebre, the company’s managing director for management consulting, expresses confidence about Rich’s expertise in operational and applied technology. His knowledge and experience is anticipated to improve the company’s analytics practice.
Gebre adds that Rich has the skills to find the appropriate combination of data science, management consulting teams and applied technology teams to provide their customers with enhanced services.
Tom Greiner, senior managing director for the technology business, said the company’s federal customers are expected to gain from Rich’s talent in using the organization’s available resources, technology and connections to address their requirements and problems.
Before joining Accenture, Rich served for more than three years as senior vice president for analytics at Novetta Solutions, Carlyle Group-owned business that provides software services mainly to defense agencies and intelligence communities.
Rich was the founder and CEO of Global News Intelligence, a company that offers data analytics as a service. He led the organization for 11 years until the Carlyle Group acquired it in 2014.
A former TV and radio producer, Rich graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in English literature and Latin American studies. He also became a fellow on media, business and technology at Harvard University Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
Ritu Chadha serves as senior research director for machine learning and data analytics at Perspecta Labs, a role she has held since June 2018.
She is in charge of the company’s basic and applied research programs in artificial intelligence and machine learning with uses in other technologies including wireless networking, modeling and simulation, cybersecurity, text analytics and machine vision, the company said.
Chadha also spearheads the business unit tasked to design and formulate advanced technical notions with applications of the latest analytics and data science to provide recommendations for customer concerns and problems.
She spent eight years working at Perspecta’s predecessors Applied Communication Sciences/Vencore Labs, serving as executive director and as senior research director.
She also held several roles at New Jersey-based telecommunications company Telcordia Technologies, which is currently known as iconectiv. During her 14-year tenure, she became a senior scientist, a director and an executive director.
In her more than 25-year career, Chadha conducted and handled research in various emerging technologies focusing on advanced analytics and big data, primarily for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S. Army C5ISR Center.
She is an advocate of policy-based network management leveraging on wireless and mobile systems. Her significant contribution was being able to maximize technological advancements to help produce the latest products and services in network operations.
An author of over 100 journal papers and conference articles, Chadha earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, India. She held her master’s degree and a doctorate in computer science from Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina, respectively.
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