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DataIQ 100 USA names Naras Eechambadi number 1, showcases American data leadership

Launch of the most influential 100 people in data working in the United States of America identifies high-flying chief data officers and chief analytics officers, with data leader of Universal Music Group heading the pack.

The USA Edition follows in the footsteps of the UK Edition, launched in 2015, which has spawned eight editions and 800 data and analytics profiles. Each profile details the history and accomplishments of data and analytics experts across all fields and sectors.


“We received online nominations for the USA Edition from our 8,000 plus community,” said David Reed, knowledge and strategy director at DataIQ. “Following these nominations, a rigorous research project and insightful network recommendations left us with 439 names to consider for the top 100.”


To select the shortlist, DataIQ judges split the nominees into separate categories: data titans, data enablers and influencers. From this, 75 data titans, 20 data enablers and five influencers would be selected to form the top 100.


In addition to these categories, nominees must also reflect the DataIQ Way and promote the fundamental qualities of vision, business strategy, value creation, culture and data foundations to make it to the final selection.


“The nominees that were shown to embody these ideals and have a track record of exceptional data and analytics empowerment are those that have been listed in the DataIQ 100 USA Edition,” said Reed. “It is time that the data prowess of the USA is celebrated and promoted as businesses are rapidly evolving to hold data led executive decision-making processes, and without the data teams this evolution would not be possible.”


DataIQ currently has more than 8,000 community members includes FTSE 100 businesses, small enterprises and mid-market enterprises. It is the premier peer-to-peer data organisation for the promotion of data executives across the globe and the launch of the DataIQ 100 USA Edition aims to connect, develop and elevate the role of senior data leaders and practitioners across industry.


The full Top Ten of the DataIQ 100 2022 USA Edition:



Naras Eechambadi    

Chief data and analytics officer

Universal Music Group



Elileen Vidrine

Senior strategic advisor for data to the Federal CIO Executive

Office of the President of the United States



Craig Brabec 

Chief data analytics officer




Juan Gorricho

VP, data – D3PO        




Chaitanya Garikapati 

Regional head of data and analytics

MARS Petcare



Linda Avery    

Chief data officer       




Jim Oliver       

VP, chief analytics officer      




Bharti  Rai      

Chief US commercial operations, insights, analytics and data officer        

Novartis Pharmaceutical



Raymond Boyle         

Chief data, analytics and insight officer        

Hyatt Hotels



Una Fox         

Chief global data and analytics officer         



See the full list here

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