What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?
Helping people understand how the power of data can make a huge impact on their daily lives.
What led you to your current role?
I've worked with data in many roles--as an engineer, an analyst, a technology buyer, and as a vendor. That well-rounded perspective gives me a unique perspective on the entire lifecycle of data and the value it can provide across an organization.
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced you, can you tell us about them?
I've been influenced by a broad spectrum of people, often in different industries. The most valuable mentorship has come from people with specific skills and insights that help me grow, not necessarily someone that I want to emulate directly.
Can you describe to us a current project/transformation you are working on?
I'm currently working with a very large insurance company in Japan to bring data to everyone's desktop. I've been very impressed by the visionary leadership at the company, especially in a conservative market like Japan.
What has this project taught you?
Ultimately, making a real difference in analytics is more about the individuals not the company. Find people who are passionate, and stick with them.
What excites you most about the future?
In the past, data has always been the domain of technical experts. Technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning is now making it possible to get data directly in the hands of non-technical people--the people who need it to make decisions.
If you could give 1 piece of advice to someone looking to start a career in data & analytics, what would it be?
Be curious, and learn statistics.