ZoomInfo Technologies : 14 Data and Business Analytics Leaders to Watch

At ZoomInfo, our very lifeblood is data. Everything we do for our customers is based on understanding how data and analytics affect business operations.

So we pay close attention to the data and business analytics leaders making an impact in every industry.

Previously we wrote about leaders in social responsibility, who successfully use data in their everyday work.

So let’s take a look at fourteen professionals in the field who are doing some great work in data and analytics:


1.Steve Kozek, Citizens Bank

Steve is Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Excellence with Citizen’s Bank. He strongly believes in aligning data and analytics strategy within marketing departments.

Kozek previously worked in various leadership roles for over 15 years at GE Capital, including Managing Director of Commercial Operations, and Divestitures.

Steve holds an MBA from Sacred Hearts University.


2.Sears Merritt, MassMutual

Sears is Head of Data, Strategy, and

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GameStop Corp.’s

finance chief was forced out of his role as activist investor

Ryan Cohen

pushes for a digital transformation of the ailing videogame retailer, people familiar with the matter said.

The Grapevine, Texas-based company announced Tuesday that Chief Financial Officer

Jim Bell

will depart the business March 26, but didn’t give a reason. His exit isn’t related to the Reddit-fueled frenzy for the stock, these people said. Mr. Bell didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tuesday’s CFO exit is one element of the broader cleanup effort at GameStop, the people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Cohen, the co-founder of online pet-food retailer

Chewy Inc.,

last November disclosed a nearly 10% stake in GameStop through his investment firm RC Ventures LLC. At that time, Mr. Cohen sent a letter to GameStop’s board urging it to conduct a strategic review of the business and reduce its reliance on

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New vineyard opening in Surry

Surry County will have a new wine-growing pocket starting in 2021 as Serre Vineyards gets up and running on the west side of the county.

The site is located on Beast Trail, a gravel drive off New Life Church Road in the Blevins Store community on the Fisher River.

The vineyard will start small in 2021, building up over time, but the wine making and tasting have already begun.

“We have been planning the property for about three and a half years,” said Christian Krobisch, who is starting the venture with his bride, Melissa Hayes, whom he married last year.

“We just opened the tasting room about a month ago now. The vineyard will be planted in the spring of ’21 — because we just cleared land last year and the soil is too acidic. We have 70 acres of property here, up to 10 cleared right

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