A diverse group of analytics industry professionals contributed to the Data Analytics for Business Professionals certificate in order to ensure that the curriculum addressed needs in the analytics industry.
Data Analytics for Business Professionals Industry Advisory Board
Savyon Amit, Global Strategic Insights & Analytics – Abbott
Savyon has extensive experience in global marketing strategy, insights driven new product development and commercialization within the healthcare space. He has a proven track record of organizational impact, including building high performing insights teams, identifying talent and coaching with a focus on partnership and support of new market entry, corporate development and business development. Savyon has an MBA and a Graduate Program in Health Administration Policy from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Linda Burtch, Founder and Managing Director - Burtch Works
Linda has over 30 years’ experience recruiting quantitative professionals, and has dedicated her career to becoming an industry leader in analytics and data science recruiting. Linda is a frequent speaker on Big Data career topics at luncheons, conferences, corporate meetings, and webinars, and her insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and more. She has been a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association for 10+ years. She is also an active member of INFORMS, and hosts a popular blog with analysis and insights on the data science and analytics talent market.
Abbie Castiglione, Chief Operating Officer - UChicago Urban Labs
Abbie oversees strategic data operations and analytic initiatives across the five labs and is the chair of the privacy and cybersecurity committee. She previously served as the Manager of Operations and Research Initiatives for the Crime Lab and Education Lab. She will be receiving her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in June 2018, and holds a BS in business management from DePaul University and an MS in Industrial/Organizational psychology from California State University.
Jeanne Harris, former Global Managing Director of Information Technology Research - Accenture Institute for High Performance
Before retiring, she led the Institute’s global research agenda in the areas of information, technology, and analytics. During her more than 35 years at Accenture, Harris has led various consulting practices. In 2009, she received Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting award for Lifetime Achievement. She has authored over 100 articles in business and technology publications and is an accomplished keynote speaker at major business and technology executive events. Harris is the co- author of Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning (2017), which explains how high- performance businesses are building competitive strategies around data-driven insights that are generating impressive business results. Harvard Business Review editors named the business bestselling book one of the top breakthrough ideas of the 21st century. Her previous book (with co-authors Tom Davenport and Bob Morison), Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results, shows how organizations can create an analytical capability that enables them to routinely make better decisions in every aspect of their business.
Zoher Karu, Head of Data and Analytics APAC/EMEA – Citibank
Zoher is Managing Director, Head of Data & Analytics for Asia-Pacific Consumer Bank at Citi, based in Singapore. In his role Zoher is responsible for leveraging data and advanced analytics to help drive growth for all aspects of the consumer bank across 17 markets. Most recently, Zoher was Chief Data Officer at eBay in the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked enterprise-wide to create, organize, democratize, and act upon data, analytics, and insights from eBay’s 170 million active buyers globally and over 1 billion individual listings for sale. Zoher was particularly focused on customer analytics, looking for opportunities to drive growth from understanding individual as well as aggregate behavioral and transaction data to drive personalization, marketing strategies, and new site experiences. Zoher is also the author of an engineering textbook called Signals and Systems Made Ridiculously Simple. His education includes a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Nihar Malaviya, Executive Vice President & COO - Penguin Random House US
Nihar is responsible for strategy, analytics, operations, distribution, technology and corporate marketing. His key focus is to create new capabilities for future success—ranging from dynamic pricing, consumer insights and marketing, to vendor managed inventory. Nihar began his Bertelsmann career as a member of the Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs program in 2001 working at the Bertelsmann Corporate Center in New York before moving to Random House. At Random, he worked on a variety of corporate functions in sales, technology, operations, supply chain and production and headed numerous projects including digital strategy, ebook pricing, sales re-organization, technology infrastructure consolidation, supply chain redesign and production vendor renegotiations. During his early career, Nihar spent seven years on Wall Street working at the intersection of credit and market-risk management and technology. He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter holder.
Viktor Mirtchev, Director Advanced Analytics - Nielsen
Viktor Mirtchev is an experienced professional, leader and strategist in the area of Analytics, specializing in Big Data Custom Solutions. He is known for springing insights from data and leveraging a diverse set of analytical approaches to ensure that companies remain agile and relevant. His experience includes developing/improving solutions and scaling/pivoting analytical methods to serve cross-country and cross-functional client’s needs. Prior to joining Nielsen, in 2015, during his professional tenure at Kraft Foods and Baxter Healthcare he held positions as a Six Sigma Quality Leader, Statistician, and Quality Data Analyst leading global project initiatives and executing a wide variety of statistical analysis. He is the co-author of Statistics for Food Scientists. and a regular presenter for the consumer products industry. Viktor holds an MS in Applied Statistics from DePaul University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Victor (Vic) Pascucci III, Managing Partner- Lightbank
Vic is Managing Partner of Lightbank. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and began his professional career in Chicago in 1994. Vic has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, fintech investing and financial services. He has been a part of over $600M in venture capital and M&A transactions. Vic has taken multiple companies public and through successful acquisitions. He currently serves on the boards of Snapsheet, clearcover and Sprout Social. Vic is also an advisor to the Chicago Blockchain Center, Currency and Fintech 71. He is an active supporter of financial services innovation efforts. Prior to Lightbank, Vic built and managed USAA’s $330 million corporate venture capital program where he led investments in fintech (insurtech, banking, investment management), consumer internet, enterprise technologies and digital capabilities. He also had responsibility for the company’s M&A, joint ventures and intellectual property transactions. More recently, Vic was a Partner with Munich Re| HSB Ventures where he led their investment activities in insurtech including trov, super, slice and Next Insurance.
Morgan Vawter, Chief Analytics Director - Caterpillar, Inc.
Morgan Vawter is the Chief Analytics Director at Caterpillar, Inc. In her position, Morgan leads the global Information Analytics team. She’s responsible for setting the strategy and creating value from analytics solutions for Caterpillar’s customers, 170+ dealers, and the Caterpillar enterprise. Before joining Caterpillar, Morgan held a number of top data analytics positions at leading firms, including Accenture Interactive, and consulted for more than 40 Fortune 500 companies on analytics.
Salima Yala, Chief Data Officer, US Retail and Business Banking - BMO Harris Bank
Salima joined BMO in September of 2017. As a CDO, her mandate is to lead the adoption of advanced analytics capabilities, business intelligence and data platforms to drive customer experience and business growth. Prior to joining BMO, Salima held various Analytics leadership roles namely VP of Enterprise Modeling and Advanced Analytics then VP of Marketing Analytics at Discover Financial Services. At Citi, Salima was the Chief Decision Management Officer for Retail Services Digital and Portfolio Analytics. Salima has over 20 years in analytics and general management experience. She is very passionate about data, analytics and leveraging them to make optimal business decisions Salima earned her MS and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has an Executive MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.