IBM‘s Global Chief Data Officer, Dr. Inderpal Bhandari, was recently recognized by the CDO Club as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017. The CDO Club is the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders with over 5,000 registered members.
On Wednesday, July 26, the CDO Club presented Bhandari with the award after he delivered his closing keynote on “Enabling a Cognitive Business” at the DC CDO Summit. The Summit was hosted at the W hotel in Washington, D.C.
Widely considered an expert in transforming data into business value and improved customer experiences, Bhandari re-joined IBM as Global Chief Data Officer in December 2015. He is responsible for the computer manufacturing company’s data strategy. Later this year, he is expected to share a blueprint for implementing the foundational use cases that a chief data officer (CDO) can use to apply artificial intelligence (AI) into every business process of their organization.
Regarding Bhandari’s recognition, CEO and founder of the CDO Club David Mathison said, “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.
“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,” Mathison continued. “Therefore, I am delighted to name Dr. Bhandari as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year for 2017.”
Bhandari expressed appreciation for the great honor and vote of confidence that his peers gave him. “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,” he stated.
With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Bhandari has previously held positions as Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer at Cambia Health Solutions; Vice President of Knowledge Solutions; Chief Data Officer at Express Scripts/Medco Health Solutions; founder, chairman, and CEO of Virtual Gold; and research staff member at IBM’s Watson Research Center. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
The CDO Club’s first-ever U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year award was given in 2016 to Dr. D.J. Patil, former Chief Data Scientist at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. And the CDO Club’s first-ever Australian Chief Data Officer of the Year award was given 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.