They are now officially 25 of Australia’s most in-demand professionals. IAPA, the peak body for analytics professionals in Australia, has revealed what is describes as ten of the country’s top 25 analytics leaders as part of its IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders program.

At a time when data science is one of the countries most in-demand business skills, HR managers everywhere will be firing up their LinkedIn dashboard.

  • Next week Which-50 will profile the top 25

IAPA, the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia, is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating data analytics, data science and analytics-driven insights for better business decisions.

According to Annette Slunjski, General Manager of IAPA “Analytics is no longer a large organisation’s secret weapon.”

“All businesses stand to benefit from analytics-led insights. The inaugural cohort of top 25 leaders in analytics spans all industries from financial services, utilities and telco to eCommerce, education, software, IT and government. Consulting organisations are also strongly represented.”

Slunjski said top analytics leaders not only ensure the analytics team delivers value to the business, they champion analytics and insight-driven decision making with the C-suite and mentor junior talent to assist their team’s career progression.

The leaders were judged across four key dimensions strategies and impact; influence and advocacy; innovation and improvement; and team growth and leadership. In addition to identifying the cohort of 25 as the inaugural Top 25, the judging panel ranked the top ten analytics leaders.

Those ranked 1 to 10 are:

  1. Matt Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC
  2. Sandra Hogan, Group Head, Customer Analytics, Origin Energy
  3. Jeremy Moon, Director Digital Procurement, Department of Finance,
    Services and Innovation
  4. Ashok Nair, Head of Data and Analytics, QBE
  5. Mitchell Prevett, Head of Analytics, Quantium
  6. Richard Green, CEO, Catapult BI
  7. Prakash Kuttikatt, Head of BI and Data, Commonwealth Bank
  8. Ian Tho, Executive Director (Analytics), Ferrier Hodgson
  9. Guandong Xu, Associate Professor and Lab Director, University of
    Technology Sydney
  10. Akiko Hatagami, Senior Manager, Workforce Optimisation, Westpac

Dean Davidson, Executive General Manager, Recruitment Australia and New Zealand at Hudson which sponsored the program said, “Promoting those who are leading change and recognising their achievements is the first step to elevating those skill sets in our organisations that will fundamentally drive value to an unprecedented level.”

Slunjski meanwhile said, “Analytics leaders are the linchpin to the successful delivery of business value from analytics. We are proud to publicly recognise them for their leading role in building a better business.”

The full list of IAPA’s Top 25 Analytics Leaders will be revealed later this week.

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