Norman Nie

Norman Nie
President, CEO, Revolution Analytics


Norman H. Nie leads Revolution Analytics in its efforts to broaden the use of the R statistics language to galvanize a predictive analytics market he helped create over 30 years ago as the co-founder of SPSS. With a distinguished career in both business and academia, Nie brings strategic vision, experienced management and proven execution to his role as president and CEO.

Nie co-invented the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) at the age of 22 while a graduate student at Stanford University and eventually co-founded a company around it in 1967. He served as president and CEO of SPSS through 1992 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1992 to 2008. Under his leadership, SPSS grew exponentially and secured its position as both a leader and pioneer in the field of statistical analysis. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Knowledge Networks, the survey research firm he co-founded in 1997.

Nie is a renowned scholar of political science and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and currently a Research Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, where he also founded the Stanford Institute for Quantitative Study of Society (SIQSS). He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award (1976 and 1997) and was recognized with a lifetime achievement award by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for his contributions to survey analytics, as well as his works in political behavior. He was recently appointed a Fellow of The American Academy for the Arts and Sciences. Nie was educated at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Washington University in St. Louis and Stanford University, where he received a Ph.D. in political science


Location: Westside Ballroom Level:
Moderated by:
J. C. Herz (Ion Channel)
Doug Harr (Splunk Inc.), Jim Golden (Accenture), Norman Nie (Revolution Analytics)
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