The Chief Data Officer (CDO) role emerged in the early 2000’s. Chief Data Officers drive data strategy and initiatives for companies including data governance, data management, data quality, and data-driven innovation. They ensure the organization collects and processes the required information for optimal performance, implement and support data governance and compliance programs, and leverage analytics to deliver new or improved products and services to customers. Chief Data Officers may report to the CEO, CIO or CTO and their staff may include data architects, data scientists, data governance, and data management professionals. CDOs work closely with Chief Privacy Officers to ensure data-driven initiatives do not increase the privacy risk of the organization, and that the privacy policies and practices are followed.
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