IBM’s Dr. Inderpal Bhandari Named U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017 by CDO Club

Dr. Inderpal Bhandari, Global Chief Data Officer at IBM (NYSE: IBM), was today recognized as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017 by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders, with over 5,000 registered members.

Dr. Bhandari was presented with the award today after his closing keynote on “Enabling a Cognitive Business” at the DC CDO Summit hosted at the W hotel in Washington, D.C.

Inderpal is a widely recognized expert in transforming data into business value and improved customer experiences by delivering strategic, innovative capabilities that enable growth and productivity.

In December 2015, Dr. Bhandari re-joined IBM as Global Chief Data Officer. Bhandari is responsible for IBM’s data strategy to enable IBM or similar enterprises to derive and act rapidly on cognitive insights from massive stores of unstructured and structured data. He is also committed to sharing a blueprint later this year for implementing the foundational use cases that a CDO can use to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) into every business process of their enterprise.

“In early 2017, for the first time ever, we empowered CDO Club members to vote for nominees of this year’s U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year award. Our global CDO community overwhelmingly voted for Dr. Bhandari, which speaks volumes about his international influence and stature in data, analytics, data science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and cognitive computing, remarked David Mathison, CEO and founder of the CDO Club.

“Inderpal understands the critical importance of aligning data strategy with overall corporate strategy, and his consistent operational application of this insight has delivered tremendous value to shareholders, investors, and management alike. Therefore, I am delighted to name Dr. Bhandari as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year for 2017,” said Mathison.

“There is no greater honor, nor greater vote of confidence in the path one is on, than to be recognized by one’s peers,” Bhandari said. “The cognitive mission we are pursuing within IBM is the one we’re executing for our clients around the world: to exploit analytics, AI, data science, deep learning, and more, to make informed, strategic business decisions that are based on insights extracted from their own data.”

Inderpal has more than 20 years of leadership experience. Previous leadership positions include Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer at Cambia Health Solutions, Vice President of Knowledge Solutions and Chief Data Officer at Express Scripts/Medco Health Solutions, founder, Chairman, CEO of Virtual Gold, and research staff member at IBM’s Watson Research Center.

Dr. Bhandari earned his Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1985, and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990.

In 2016, the CDO Club gave the first-ever U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year award to Dr. D.J. Patil, former Chief Data Scientist at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the first-ever Australian Chief Data Officer of the Year award to Simon Bligh, CEO of Dun & Bradstreet ANZ, in 2017.

In addition to the Chief Data Officer of the Year award, the CDO Club has also given the Chief Digital Officer of the Year award to a dozen leading executives in the U.S., U.K., the EU, and Australia since 2013.

See all the past Chief Data Officer and Chief Digital Officer of the Year recipients here.

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