Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the San Francisco CDAO Community

Vinay Reddy Ravoola

SVP, Data & Analytics


Vinay Reddy Ravoola is a result-oriented data and analytics leader with two decades of industry experience, and he is passionate about transforming data into a strategic asset to solve complex global business problems. He has core expertise in building strong-performing data product management and engineering teams, and he is a hands-on leader with a proven record of enabling data products that drive acquisition, engagement and retention at scale. 

He is presently serving as a Senior Vice President of Data & Analytics supporting Elavon Incorporate Payment Solutions, and in this role he is responsible for driving the vision, strategy, and delivery of their global data product and analytics efforts. 

Vinay has a master’s degree in engineering with multiple certificates in data product management. In his spare time, he shares his views on the latest data and analytics trends and coaches data professionals. In addition, he now loves spending time with his 8-month-old baby boy.

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

Very early in my career I realized that data will play a pivotal role in the complex world. As my starting point, I have taken up numerous complex real life problems and solved them with a data driven mindset.  

After doing a few small gigs, I joined Adobe for an exciting journey moving from perpetual to subscription business model, leveraging data as a strategic asset in all aspects for over 15 years. Very recently, I have developed a passion to transform, grow and disrupt other verticals, and I recently joined Elavon, a fintech company.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

People are the true intellectual assets for any organization, especially in the age of AI-everything. Leading with empathy, inclusion and diversity will be a key leadership  differentiator.

With disruption being a key theme of the past year, where do you see your role as a CDAO going in the next 1-2 years?

Data and analytics executives will go beyond internal data management to envision and build customer facing monetizable data products. CDAOs will play a more active role in business growth, customer experience and satisfaction improvement will have to meet a set number of targets every year leveraging data as a resource.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CDAO?

Develop a deep sense of cognitive empathy for your stakeholders and customers!

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. Love spending time with my 8 month old son - Vedansh Reddy. 
  2. I enjoy listening to a lot of podcasts and working out a few hours every week. 
  3. I enjoy experimenting and investing in new ideas that make a valuable difference.

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