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Paritosh Desai

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Target

Paritosh Desai is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Target.  He oversees the work of the Enterprise Data, Analytics & Business Intelligence (EDABI) team, while owning responsibility for enterprise data management and governance.

Paritosh and his team are focused on creating value from Target’s data assets across all enterprise functions.

Under Paritosh’s direction, Target has brought in a world-class team of data scientists, engineers and analysts who have created tools and data products that drive decision making across the company.  The team’s work include technology that powers personalization capabilities – from product recommendations to ads – as well as iOT applications, fraud detection, supply chain optimization and demand forecasting.  The EDABI team is also instrumental in creating test and measure opportunities for Target experiences both in stores and online.

Paritosh joined Target in 2013, with a background in designing and delivering data science-based decision support systems using various advanced data science algorithms and web-scale technologies, primarily for the retail industry. He previously served as senior director of data science at Gap Inc., where his focus was on applying predictive models for analyzing and affecting customer behavior, inventory planning decisions, and personalization. Before this, he held senior roles at IBM-owned retail analytics firm, DemandTec.

Paritosh holds a Ph.D. in operations research from Stanford University.