3 Essential Skills of a Data Driven CEO

Diego Saenz (Accenture)
JumpStart, Great America-K

There is a lot of talk today about the power of data. Data Science and Big Data related articles seem to appear almost weekly in places like the New York Times, the Economist and the Harvard Business Review. To be clear, this is not just a new technology trend, but a business trend as well. Big Data, Hadoop, Agile Analytics and a new class of data driven applications hold the promise of unlocking incredible economic value and smart CEOs are moving quickly to take advantage of this opportunity.

So what are the fundamental skills that a CEO needs to become “Data Driven”? In this session we will discuss the 3 essential skills that will enable CEOs to effectively lead their organizations into the Data Revolution. These organizations will harness the power of data to innovate, grow profits and beat the competition. If you are a CEO, or work for one, you will not want to miss this session.

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Diego Saenz


Managing Director with Accenture’s Digital Practice, my primary focus is on digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence. I lead global teams that deliver innovative digital solutions for some of the world’s biggest companies. I have worked in a variety of industries including high tech, consumer products travel, automotive and retail.

Before joining Accenture, I built and sold two successful internet businesses. Received the Inc 500 award for leading one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.


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