Top leaders in analytics announced by industry peak body

IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders identifies leaders from across industries 

Sydney, NSW – 20 June 2018 

IAPA, the peak body for analytics professionals in Australia, today announced the inaugural 25 people at the top of analytics leadership in Australia as part of its IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders program. 

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.  

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

“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.” 

Top analytics leaders not only ensure the analytics team deliver value to the business, they champion analytics and insight-driven decision making with the Csuite and mentor junior talent to assist their team’s career progression. 

Judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders, the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders recognises excellence in four key areas strategy 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

The full cohort of 25 appears at the end of the release in alphabetical order. 

“Hudson is proud to support the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders and recognise the vital role of analytics professionals in positively driving growth in modern business.” said Dean Davidson, Executive General Manager, Recruitment Australia and New Zealand at Hudson. 

“Promoting those who are leading change and recognising their achievements is the first step to elevating those skillsets in our organisations that will fundamentally drive value to an unprecedented level.” 

“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 better business,” stated Slunjski. 

The IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders is supported by Hudson. 

About IAPA The Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA) is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating business analytics and data mining across multiple disciplines and sectors. Its mission is to unite, inform, support and promote analytics professionals in Australia. The 7,000 plus IAPA community represent a diverse range of industry verticals and brands including financial services, government, utilities, retail/FMCG and telecommunications as well as leading analytical consultants and software providers. The IAPA community holds regular meet ups in six cities. In 2017, IAPA became part of the Australia Alliance for Data Leadership (AADL), a network of associations with the common thread of data and the customer, representing the essential functions of data-driven business. AADL network associations include the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA), Data Governance Australia (DGA) and Digital + Technology Collective. 

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