Join us for an interactive Retail and CPG Forum at Spark + AI Summit. In this free virtual event, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers and participate in engaging panel discussions with industry leaders on how data and machine learning are driving innovation across the entire retail value chain.
A proven leader with 20+ years of IT experience driving business growth across multiple industries.
LoyaltyOneBrad Kent is a passionate leader of Analytics and Data Management, helping organizations to better know their customers, evolving their marketing capabilities and applying new technologies into their business. He holds a Certified Management Accounting designation and a Master’s Degree in Management of Analytics from Queens.
As the VP of Analytics & Insights at LoyaltyOne, he oversees a talented team helping to serve the interests of 11 million Canadian households and dozens of retailers, financial institutions, travel companies and more.
Brad has 15+ years of experience across a range of high-paced industries to implement big data technology, personalization, digital analytics, machine learning, segmentation modeling and natural language processing in both B2B and B2C environments.
Saritha Ivaturi has a Double Masters Degree in Computer Science from Villanova University and a Masters in Pharmacy, specializing in Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Andhra University, India. Saritha started her software career as a Programmer Analyst in NJ working on Oracle's Billing and Revenue Management System as a server side coder focused on ISP and VoIP /Telephony . Later, she moved into Architecture and ventured into Fraud Analytics, Data Warehousing, Big Data and Sales & Marketing Technologies. She quickly grew from a Software Engineer to a Technical Lead, managing teams of Data Scientists/Architects/Big Data Engineers, FullStack Engineers etc.. Saritha has worked for companies like Sprint Canada, Covad Communications, Yahoo!, United Online, Velocify, CityGrid Media, Legacy and now with Dollar Shave Club, a Unilever Company. Saritha blogs every now and then and believes in keeping up with learning the new trends.
As the Global Industry Leader for Retail & CPG at Databricks, Rob Saker brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Databricks. A former CDO, Rob has successfully led data and analytic transformations at retail and CPG firms including MIllerCoors, ConAgra and Crossmark. Rob meets regularly with executives across the industry to share trends and help develop strategies on how to best use data and AI to accelerate business value.
Monzy Merza serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity Go-to-market for Databricks. He is responsible for driving Databricks cybersecurity business strategy. Along his 15 years of experience, he has held both technical and business leadership roles. A former researcher and security practitioner, Merza has advised and contributed to strategic security programs in Fortune 500 and in government organizations.