Zurich CDO Fernqvist to chair the 2020 DataIQ Awards

Anita Fernqvist (Online)Zurich Insurance UK chief data officer Anita Fernqvist has been appointed chair of the DataIQ 2020 Awards judging panel, just weeks after being named the most influential data leader in the membership business’ “power” 100.

Now in its eighth year, the awards will be hosted in partnership with data analytics giant Tableau, which was acquired by Salesforce last year in a $15.7bn (£12.4bn) deal. Previous grand prix winners include Zurich, Barclays, and Comic Relief.

The 28-strong judging panel also includes senior data leaders from Samsung, WarnerMedia, GSK Consumer Healthcare, the Telegraph Media Group and the People’s Postcode Lottery among others.

They will be reviewing submissions for 23 award categories spanning five focus areas to showcase the best of the data and analytics industry over the past 12 months. The shortlist to be announced on July 27.

Fernqvist said: “It is an immense privilege to have been invited to chair such an esteemed team of judges. Data, more so now than ever, is absolutely critical and sits at the heart of any organisational success. I am very much looking forward to reviewing the entries that reflect excellence across the industry.”

DataIQ chief executive Adrian Gregory added: “In a world of continual change, we are delighted to honour and celebrate the great work, people and teams that are making a difference to their businesses.

“We are always excited to see the innovation and dynamism reflected in the entries from those companies and individuals who make the data industry what it is today.”

The awards are open for entries until May 31, with the winners announced on September 30.

For more information visit the DataIQ website>

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