Symphony CPG|AI Adds Two More to the C-Suite

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Symphony CPG|AI Adds Two More to the C-Suite


New business launch Symphony CPG|AI has shored up its top-level ranks by naming Adeel Najmi as chief product officer and Rahul Bhattacharya as chief analytics officer. 

Najmi and Bhattacharya bring with them close to 50 collective years of experience in consumer goods and retail execution. The two will work alongside chief executive officer Steven Hornyak to deliver AI-enabled solutions that empower CPG companies to improve revenues and margins through more robust, complete analysis of real-time data.

Symphony CPG/AI was spawned from parent SymphonyAI last month to provide segment-specific expertise to the company’s packaged goods clients.

“In building Symphony CPG|AI’s leadership team, the decision to bring on both Adeel and Rahul was an easy one,” said Steven Hornyak, CEO. “I’m certain the depth and breadth of their industry experience, along with the intimate knowledge of SymphonyAI’s culture of innovation, will translate to our success in uncovering hidden revenue opportunities for our CPG clients.”

Najmi assumes the position of CPO for Symphony CPG|AI after delivering consistent successes in the same role for Symphony RetailAI, another member of the growing family of SymphonyAI companies. In the new role, Najmi will shape the company’s product development and define product vision, direction and go-to-market strategies for the company’s solution suite. 

Najmi has led teams to bring to market several innovative solutions that have fueled business transformations at some of the most successful global leaders in CPG, retail and consumer electronics. He spent more than 20 years with i2 Technologies (later JDA) and One Network Enterprises, working in various roles leading product strategy, product development and customer success. 

Bhattacharya comes to Symphony CPG|AI as a leader in applied data science specializing in deploying statistical analysis and machine learning tools to overcome CPG-specific business challenges. In his role as CAO, he will lead the company’s data science teams in the development and delivery of the company’s AI-enabled revenue management solutions designed to automate, scale and sharpen decision-making for CPG brands. 

Bhattacharya first joined the Symphony Technology Group in 2002, filling various roles. He has also held leadership positions with IRI and Genpact, working extensively with CPG manufacturers on pricing, promotion, marketing mix and retail execution. Most recently, Bhattacharya spent seven years at Accenture, first as senior manager of analytics and then as managing director.