Pankaj Rai is the Group Chief Data Analytics Officer at Aditya Birla Group. In this role, he leads the Group’s strategy on Analytics and Data Science enabling its varied businesses, ranging from Cement, Chemicals, Metals to Fashion Retail & Financial Services to enhance their decision-making capabilities using data science. He also enables the analytics maturity journey of the business teams by creating digital products and platforms that can be scaled across the group and beyond.
Before this Pankaj worked as the Senior Vice President, Strategy at Wells Fargo where his key initiatives included establishing the digital capabilities to enable the Bank’s digital channels and building an internal consulting team to drive global programs. He also worked as the Director of Analytics at Dell where he led a team in business research, data analysis, and statistical modelling across domains like marketing, strategy, pricing, online, supply chain and financial services. Prior to joining Dell, Pankaj was Head, Program Management Office at Standard Chartered Bank in their Singapore regional office wherein he helped grow their shared service centres in India and Malaysia.
In his professional career spanning 25 years, Pankaj started as a management consultant and then went on to work in the financial services industry in India wherein he worked with ICICI and GE Capital in a variety of roles covering sales, risk management, six-sigma and operations.
Pankaj has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.