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The 9 Most Influential Data & Analytics Leaders in USA’s Banking & Insurance Sector, 2024

Discover the top data and analytics leaders driving innovation in the USA's banking and insurance sectors in 2024.

Data and analytics have become critical for driving innovation, improving customer experiences, and enhancing operational efficiency in the Banking & Insurance Sector. The following leaders, listed alphabetically, are at the forefront of this transformation, utilizing their expertise to shape the future of these industries.

These influential figures have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovative thinking, making significant contributions to their organizations and the broader industry. Their work highlights the crucial role of data and analytics in today’s business environment.

Asif Mahammad Syed – Vice President, Data Strategy at Hartford Steam Boiler

Asif Syed brings over twenty-five years of experience in data strategy and analytics to Hartford Steam Boiler. He has held leadership roles at XL Group plc, The Hartford, and Tata Consultancy Services. Syed holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and degrees from IIT Kharagpur and the University of North Bengal.

Don Vu – Senior Vice President, Chief Data & Analytics Officer at New York Life Insurance Company

Don Vu leads AI and data initiatives at New York Life, driving organizational transformation. He previously held roles at Northwestern Mutual, WeWork, and Major League Baseball. Vu holds a B.S. in Information Systems and Commerce from the University of Virginia and serves on the advisory board for its Business Analytics Program.

Heather Avery – Vice President, Aflac U.S. Persistency at Aflac

Heather Avery, Ph.D., leads cross-functional data science efforts at Aflac, bringing together teams to provide customer-focused insights and analytics. She created Aflac’s first Business Analytics department in 2008, pioneering AI and machine learning implementations to improve business processes. Avery also contributed to academia by developing an Ethics and Data Analytics course at Columbus State University.

Kristen Bessette – Chief Actuary, Data & Analytics Officer at QBE North America

Kristen Bessette leads data strategy at QBE North America, using her quantitative expertise to transform the company’s data utilization. She has served on various boards and received recognition as a Woman to Watch by Business Insurance. Bessette is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and holds a BS in Mathematics from Bates College.

Meenakshi Thanikachalam – Executive Head of Data & Analytics (Chief Data & Analytics Officer) at Popular Bank

Meena Thanikachalam leads data and analytics at Popular Bank, driving business growth through data as a strategic asset. Previously at Ally Financial, she enabled data transformation and innovation. Thanikachalam holds an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management and degrees from Eastern University and the College of Engineering, India.

Ramnik Bajaj – SVP, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at USAA

Ramnik Bajaj drives USAA’s data and analytics strategy, focusing on data governance and advanced analytics. Previously, he was the Chief Data Officer at Wells Fargo, implementing transformational data programs. Bajaj has a background in consulting with Deloitte and holds degrees from IIT Delhi and Stanford University.

Srini Nallasivan – Executive Vice President, Chief AI and Analytics Officer at U.S. Bank

Srini Nallasivan leads AI initiatives at U.S. Bank, with a background in marketing, analytics, and AI at Fortune 100 companies. He holds degrees from MIT and Syracuse University and is an advisor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Block Center. Nallasivan holds multiple US patents in AI and business.

Vishal Patel – Chief Data and Analytics Officer – Executive Managing Director at Webster Bank

Vishal Patel oversees data management and AI strategies at Webster Bank. With over 24 years of experience, he has led data modernization programs at JP Morgan Chase, GE, and AllianceBernstein. Patel is a recognized leader in data analytics and an advisory board member at MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research.

Yorck F. Einhaus – Global Chief Data Officer – Global Risk Solutions at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Yorck Einhaus leads the GRS Data Office at Liberty Mutual Insurance, focusing on data governance and business value. With experience at Farmers Insurance and Zurich Insurance Group, Einhaus excels in bridging business and technology. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna.

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