(USA and Canada) 84.51°, a retail data science, insights and media company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger Co., announced that Todd James has been named Chief Data & Technology Officer of the organization. In this role, he is taking leadership of all technology functions and enterprise capabilities teams: Product & Design, Engineering, Data Science, Science, Data DNA and Consumer Research. As the Chief Data & Technology Officer, he will build on 84.51°’s amazing growth to unleash the breadth of the company’s rich data, science and technology capabilities.
James, an editorial board member from CDO Magazine, brings nearly 15 years of experience from Fidelity Investments where he held a variety of key strategic leadership roles. A driver of digital transformation, he built the global data and analytics organization for Fidelity’s Workplace Investing and Health Care business units, led efforts to modernize servicing and operations through applied artificial intelligence and automation, and directed Fidelity’s Cross-Enterprise AI COE. In this role he had strategy, development, and ongoing leadership responsibilities for a corporate shared service providing business intelligence, data science, artificial intelligence (AI), digital information solutions, analytical consulting, customer insights, and digital personalization to Fidelity's employees, B-to-C customers, and B-to-B clients. He also held senior leadership roles in Enterprise Operations, Business Transformation, Strategy and Consulting, and Performance Solutions.
Prior to Fidelity, James held a variety of technology and business unit leadership roles. He led a strategy consulting practice at Deloitte, directing strategic engagements with global Fortune 500 and government clients. As a Director at Resource Consultants, Inc. he built and led a technology services business unit while also overseeing corporate IT. Prior to his business career, James was an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard where he held leadership roles in IT, information security, and shipboard operations.
Aside from a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, James also has earned an MBA from The College of William and Mary, and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
84.51° is a retail data science, insights and media company helping the Kroger company, consumer packaged goods companies, agencies, publishers, and affiliated partners create more personalized and valuable experiences for shoppers across the path to purchase.
Powered by cutting edge science, we leverage 1st party retail data from nearly 1 of 2 US households and 2BN+ transactions to fuel a more customer-centric journey utilizing 84.51° Insights, 84.51° Loyalty Marketing and our retail media advertising solution, Kroger Precision Marketing.