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(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Karan Dhawal to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. Dhawal is a passionate strategy and delivery leader in enterprise digital and data culture transformations.  He specializes in designing technology and professional services solutions to solve complex business challenges related to data architecture, cloud computing, and big data platforms. 

(US and Canada) Prevedere, a leading provider of global intelligence and technology for enabling advanced predictive planning, recently announced updates to its RecoveryWatch series to further improve how business leaders can spot early indicators of economic change. The new Leading Economic Indicators Dashboard provides a monthly in-depth, economist-led data report on the latest cyclical drivers to signal where we are in the business cycle and when we will reach a point of recession and recovery.

(US and Canada) Shanghai MicroPort MedBot (Group) Co., Ltd. recently announced that MicroPort NaviBot International, LLC in recent collaboration with MicroPort Orthopedics has completed the first clinical use of the SkyWalker Robotic System in the United States. Dr. Joseph Kavolus, of Lighthouse Surgical Suites in Hollis, N.H., conducted the successful procedure. Dr. Kavolus specializes in orthopedic surgery and the treatment of orthopedic injuries. 

(US and Canada) TTEC Holdings, Inc., one of the largest, global customer experience (CX) technology and services innovators for end-to-end digital CX solutions, recently announced that VoiceFoundry, a TTEC Digital company, has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) Competency. This designation recognizes VoiceFoundry for its expertise in developing high quality, highly effective chatbot, virtual assistant, and interactive voice response (IVR) solutions.

(US and Canada) Verana Health—a digital health company elevating quality in real-world data (RWD)—recently announced that its curated, de-identified real-world data (RWD) and Qdata modules will soon be available to license in AWS Data Exchange, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-native service that makes it easy for AWS customers to find, subscribe to, and use third-party data.

(Europe) KX, maker of kdb+, the world's fastest time series database and analytics engine, announces that B2C2, the world's leading crypto liquidity provider and a digital asset pioneer, has expanded its use of KX's real-time high-performance analytics software, including the deployment of KX Dashboards, its powerful visualization tool. As more institutional firms enter the world of cryptocurrencies, the increased use of KX will enable B2C2 to offer clients tailored products and services at a level that is more akin to what is found at a tier-one investment bank.

(US and Canada) SparkCognition, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) software solutions perfected for business, today announced it was selected by Adelson Education Campus, the only PK-12 Jewish community school in Nevada. The school is deploying SparkCognition's Visual AI Advisor to automatically detect threats, identify security breaches, and prevent safety and security incidents.

(US and Canada) Dan Whitacre began his career as an intern at Kroger in the ’80s and has had five stints with the Cincinnati-based retail major over the last few decades. In his latest stint as the Senior Director of R&D and Technology Transformation, he leads the internal lab ecosystem as well as University Labs at the University of Cincinnati’s 1819 Innovation Hub and Northern Kentucky University's Innovation Gallery.

(US and Canada) Ajay Dhaul has been appointed Senior Vice President of Global End-to-End Data and Digital Acceleration for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health. He has extensive business experience and a passion for data and digital. Dhaul will lead global data strategy and governance, data sciences and AI, intelligent automation, data products, and cross-functional digital acceleration.

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Kirk Ball to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. Ball is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer at Giant Eagle. He and his teammates deliver IT solutions for the Giant Eagle enterprise, including e-commerce development, strategic technology planning, infrastructure and applications for the enterprise.

(US and Canada) Netail, a technology that enables retailers to auto-identify competitors across the internet and track their assortments, availability and optimize prices in real time, today announced the closing of $5M in seed funding. The round was co-led by Magarac Venture Partners (MVP), which provides early-stage venture capital to dynamic entrepreneurs and successful technology companies throughout the Midwest, and Dr. Andrew Ng's AI Fund. Other investors include HKSTP Ventures.

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Meltem Kilicoglu to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. Kilicoglu is the Senior Director, Global Head of Data Strategy, Governance and Data Sciences at Johnson & Johnson, Global Services. Kilicoglu plays a leading role in the formulation, external/internal insights integration, development, communications, and execution of J&J's cross-functional data strategy.

(US and Canada) Starburst, the analytics anywhere company, today announced a new Starburst Enterprise support with AWS Lake Formation to help joint customers implement the technical aspects of data mesh. Data Mesh is a socio-technological framework for distributed data management which can help ensure faster and more accurate access to critical data to drive business decisions. By federating data across multiple AWS and third-party environments with Starburst Enterprise, organizations can realize the full value of their hybrid cloud investments, regardless of where the data resides.

(US and Canada) Locus Robotics, a leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMR) for fulfillment and distribution warehouses, today announced more than $117 million in Series F funding, led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and G2 Venture Partners. As part of the financing, Mark Midle, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, and Zach Barasz, Partner, G2 Venture Partners, will join the Locus Board of Directors, bringing their unique industry perspectives and insights to further guide Locus's next stage of growth and global expansion.

(US and Canada) VIDA Diagnostics, Inc. (VIDA), the leader in imaging intelligence, has announced the availability of VIDA Intelligence Portal 2.0, a major upgrade of its cloud native, AI-enabled Intelligence platform. The newly updated platform drives efficiencies in clinical trial imaging operations by optimizing staff training, image data collection and data quality, curation and management. New digital onboarding features in VIDA Intelligence Portal 2.0 greatly simplify the enrollment process for trial sites.

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Dave Everett to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. Everett is the Divisional Vice President of R&D and Engineering for Spectrum Brands, a home essentials company focused on enhancing life at home for consumers worldwide. Spectrum Brands is responsible for iconic U.S.  and international brands such as Remington, Black & Decker, George Foreman, and Russell Hobbs. 

(Middle East) Tata Communications International Pte Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd., a global digital ecosystem enabler has extended its partnership with Intertec Systems, a leading system integrator in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to offer managed services in the region. As part of the partnership, Tata Communications brings its Cyber Security Operations Centre (SOC) and managed security services to bolster the cyber defence of enterprises in the region.

(Europe) BC Platforms, a global leader in healthcare data management and analytics, today announced that it has been chosen as key partner in a European Commission (EC) project. Under the EC's Horizon Europe program, Helsinki University Hospital (HUS), has been awarded a contract to lead a EURO 7 million (approx. USD 7.2 million) consortium project termed ONCOVALUE. BCP will work closely with HUS as a key delivery partner in this major EC project.

(US and Canada) Inspectorio offers several capabilities including digitized inspections across the supply chain to eliminate manual inspection tasks and provide real-time visibility into the production process to highlight high-risk areas. The new features allow Inspectorio Sight to provide quality control data at multiple points in production and give decision-makers using Inspectorio Sight an end-to-end perspective of production quality.

(US and Canada) Mastech Digital, Inc., a leading provider of digital transformation IT services, recently announced the appointment of Michael Fleishman as Chief Executive Officer of Mastech InfoTrellis. In this role, Fleishman will lead the data and analytics services segment in becoming a true digitally integrated business by capitalizing on the company's core strengths in data management, data analytics and cloud services. 

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Brian Minick to CDO Magazine’s Global Security Board. Minick is the Chief Information Security Officer at Fifth Third Bank and is responsible for the company’s information protection program. Focused on protecting the customers, employees and information of a bank with over $140 billion in assets, Minick and his team are implementing and maintaining programs and solutions designed to take advantage of the latest IT technologies and capabilities. 

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Julia Bardmesser to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. Bardmesser is a technology, architecture, and data strategy executive with expertise in the financial services industry. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Head of Data, Architecture and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology at Voya Financial.

(US and Canada) Perch Energy, a clean energy tech services platform and leading provider of community solar services, recently announced the appointment of Ali Abbasi as Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer. With a background in managing portfolios for major retail energy companies, Abbasi will focus on Perch Energy’s portfolio acquisition, marketing, engagement, and retention vision and strategy to drive customer growth, awareness, and demand for Perch Energy’s products.

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Jacob Hesterman, Ph.D., to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. Hesterman is the Chief Data Officer at Ratio Therapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company using innovative technologies to develop targeted radiotherapeutics for cancer treatment. Hesterman helps build the company's data management and data sciences infrastructure. In addition to overseeing the data platform, he manages imaging and dosimetry for Ratio's discovery and clinical programs.

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Douglas Laney to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. Laney is the Data & Analytics Strategy Innovation Fellow at West Monroe Partners, where he consults with business, data, and analytics leaders on conceiving and implementing new data-driven value streams. He is also a best-selling author and a recognized data and analytics strategy authority. 

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(US and Canada) Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data intelligence, announced it has raised $123 million in a Series E financing led by Thoma Bravo, Sanabil Investments, and Costanoa Ventures, with participation from new investor Databricks Ventures. Existing and other investors that also participated include Dell Technologies Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Icon Ventures, Queensland Investment Corporation, Riverwood Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Union Grove. Total funding raised stands at $340 million, elevating the company’s current valuation to more than $1.7 billion amid the volatile late-stage software-as-a-service (SaaS) growth equity market.

(US and Canada) We are pleased to welcome Deborah Lorenzen to CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board. She is currently Head of Enterprise Data Governance at State Street, the leading provider of asset intelligence to the owners and managers of the world’s capital. She has served as Chief Operating Officer of various portfolios for State Street and BNY Mellon.

(US and Canada) Prime Data Centers, a data-center solutions provider, has appointed Steve Benson as Vice President of Critical Operations. Benson will lead Prime’s portfolio to include all 24x7 mission-critical operations, data center commissioning, and SLAs. He will also head the company's green data center initiatives.  Benson’s responsibilities involve ensuring operational excellence and driving innovation and standardization across all data center operations to allow for rapid growth.

(US and Canada) Zetaris, the leading analytical data virtualization company, recently announced that Kent Graziano joined the company as its Chief Technical Advisor. Graziano, known as The Data Warrior, is an internationally recognized thought leader in cloud and data warehousing strategies. He has written dozens of articles and books on data modeling, Data Vault, and agile data warehousing. Previously he served as Snowflake's Chief Technical Evangelist.