Pankaj Rai, the Aditya Birla Group’s Chief Data Analytics Officer, has a professional experience of 30 years in strategy, consulting, and financial services. Pankaj was formerly a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo, Head of Analytics at Dell and Head of PMO at Standard Chartered Bank. Pankaj has bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. In his free time, Pankaj enjoys long distance running, cycling, badminton and meeting people at his favourite cafe in Bangalore’s Koramangala.
Pankaj Rai, Group Chief Data Analytics Officer, Aditya Birla Group is based in Bangalore and 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, he 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.
Pankaj started as a management consultant with Feedback Ventures in Delhi and then went on to work in the financial services industry with ICICI and GE Capital in a variety of roles covering sales, risk management, six-sigma and operations.
Pankaj has bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. In his free time, Pankaj enjoys long distance running, cycling, badminton and meeting people in his favourite Café.