Louis DiCesari, global head of data, analytics and AI at Levi Strauss, was named to the DataIQ 100, a list ranking the most influential data and analytics practitioners in U.K. companies.
DataIQ is a membership business for data and analytics professionals from global, FTSE 100, large- and mid-market organizations. Its list, which tracks the rise of chief data officers, chief analytics officers, data scientists, data governance experts and the leaders of key vendors and service providers, has been in existence since 2014.
Those named to DataIQ 100 show leadership within their organizations by demonstrating the importance and value of data and analytics; display engagement with the broader data and analytics industry; and support DataIQ and its mission of advancing the profession of data and analytics.
DiCesari, who was No. 5 on the list, joined Levi's in September 2019 and has been building a global team to transform all areas of the company’s business using data and AI, including planning, merchandising, pricing,
Levi’s is even using data and AI to determine its coronavirus response, he said.
When asked about the biggest tech challenge he faces in ensuring data is at the heart of a digital transformation strategy, DiCesari cited finding and keeping the best talent as No. 1.
“A close second is change management and agility,” he added. “Data and digital teams often legitimately need to break some rules. Process exceptions are a temporary fix, but in my experience don’t work long-term. I’m lucky to work with progressive IT, privacy, security, and HR partners who help us collectively find the right path to create change while effectively managing risk.”