There have been a slate of chief data officer appointments of late. It’s been particularly noticeable in the marketing space. Marketing communications firm Ogilvy & Mather, for example, in August made Todd Cullen its global chief data officer to push data-driven marketing to the next level, and a short while later marketing services provider Mindshare put Bob Ivins in the first CDO slot, reporting directly to its CEO, “to harness and act on consumer insights in real-time.”
But the trend extends beyond that arena. According to The Big Data Executive Survey 2013: The State of Big Data in the Large Corporate World, released this month by NewVantage Partners, it’s becoming commonplace for large corporations to define or consider new roles, such as establishing a chief data officer. Forty-eight percent of respondents to its survey said they have established or are considering that, and are implementing new processes and organizational structures to ensure successful business adoption.