Alan Jacobson, former director of global analytics at Ford Motor, has been hired as the newest Chief Data and Analytics Officer of Alteryx. Jacobson will be asked to lead Alteryx’s data initiatives and to preside over the company’s planned digital transformation.

Here is an excerpt for a report on PRNewswire:

“As an analytics company, we recognize both the immense opportunity and the immense challenge in driving digital transformation. Bringing Alan on board is indicative of our investment in creating a best-in-class team so we can serve our customers in their own digital transformation journeys,” said Dean Stoecker, co-founder and CEO of Alteryx. “As an Alteryx evangelist at Ford, Alan witnessed first-hand the impact a culture of analytics can have on the bottom line and what it takes to succeed as a data-driven enterprise. He brings invaluable experience that I am confident our global customer and partner base will benefit from.”

Prior to joining Alteryx, Alan held a variety of leadership roles at Ford Motor Company across engineering, marketing, sales and new business development; most recently leading a team of data scientists to drive digital transformation across the enterprise. As an Alteryx customer at Ford, Alan spent many years leveraging the Alteryx Platform across the company, delivering analytics to the manufacturing plant floor, optimizing shipping and logistics, driving HR business intelligence and launching new forecasting tools within the finance organization.

“Organizations can no longer rely on a select number of data scientists to uncover the insights that drive imperative business decisions. Now, with tens of millions of data workers around the world and an endless supply of data, the role of the CDO is becoming a necessity for organizations looking to stay competitive and develop a true data-driven culture,” said Jacobson. “After more than two decades at Ford, I am ecstatic to join the Alteryx family and spread the knowledge, both internally and externally, from my many years deploying the platform across a global organization.”