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The IRI executive management team is comprised of seasoned leaders with backgrounds in technology, consumer packaged goods, retail, marketing analytics and services. They focus on driving the IRI innovation agenda to create value for clients, partners and employees.

Andrew Appel
President and
Chief Executive Officer
Jane Altobelli
Executive Vice President,
Chief People Officer, Human Resources
Susan Bennett
Executive Vice President and
General Counsel
Piyush Chaudhari
President of the Americas and Global Strategy
Dr. Krishnakumar (KK) S. Davey
President, IRI Global Analytics & Consulting

José Carlos González-Hurtado
President of International

Srishti Gupta
President, IRI Media Center of Excellence

Beverly A. Grant
Senior Advisor, IRI

John A. McIndoe
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Hoyoung Pak
Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Data Science

Ash Patel
Chief Information Officer

Mike Samuels
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Robert Tomei
President, IRI Consumer & Shopper Marketing

Andrew Appel  
Andrew Appel
President and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Appel is president and chief executive officer of IRI.  Appel joined IRI in June 2012.

Appel has held a number of senior leadership positions for Chicago-based professional service firms.  As chief operating officer at Aon, Appel developed and implemented a successful revenue growth plan for the company.  He also led the team responsible for the $5 billion acquisition of Hewitt, solidifying Aon's leading position in human resource consulting and outsourcing. Prior to this, Appel was chief executive officer of two of the firm's three global divisions: Aon Consulting, a leading benefits and human resources consulting firm, and Aon Benfield, the world's largest reinsurance broker. Under his leadership, the divisions achieved operational excellence and improved financial results.

Prior to joining Aon, Appel was a senior partner at McKinsey and Company, where during a 15-year career, he advised leading global financial institutions on a wide array of operational, strategic and organizational issues.  Appel joins IRI from Accretive Health, where he was senior vice president of Revenue Operations.

Appel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was the Henry Ford II scholar.  He is a board member of World Business Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, and has served on two task forces related to resolving the pension shortfalls of the state of Illinois and the City of Chicago.  He and his family reside in the Chicagoland area.

Jane Altobelli, Chief People Officer, HR
Jane Altobelli
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Human Resources
Jane Altobelli is the executive vice president and chief people officer of human resources for IRI. Continuing the company’s efforts in building a high-performance culture, Altobelli is responsible for global human resources efforts, talent and performance management, organizational change efforts, staffing, benefits and compensation.

Prior to joining IRI, Altobelli was senior vice president at Culligan International, a consumer products company that provides water treatment services and solutions. Prior to Culligan, she held a number of human resources executive positions with the premier provider of print and related services, RR Donnelley, where she led organizational development, talent and performance management in her various roles.

In addition to her human resources background, Altobelli has led transformational change efforts, aligning a company’s strategy, structure and culture. She has also implemented human resources strategies across Europe, Asia and South America. Her global and transformational change work has been featured in such publications as Newsweek, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Altobelli earned a master’s degree in industrial relations and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Susan E. Bennett
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Susan E. Bennett, executive vice president and general counsel for IRI, is responsible for all corporate legal matters. She has extensive global experience in corporate governance, commercial transactions, employment, intellectual property, litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, distribution and risk management.

Before joining IRI, Bennett served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Culligan International Company, a private equity-owned water treatment business that employs 2,500 people worldwide and distributes products in more than 90 countries. Under her leadership, Bennett guided Culligan through five ownership changes and worked closely with two different private equity owners.

Prior to joining Culligan, Bennett was assistant general counsel and assistant secretary of the Consumer Products Division of United States Filter Corporation, where she was responsible for the acquisitions and consumer finance. She joined Culligan after it was acquired by United States Filter Corporation in 1998.

Earlier in her career, Bennett served as external counsel at Crawford, Sullivan, Read, Roemerman & Brady P.C. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a law firm AV rated by Martindale Hubbell’s peer review rating system. At the firm, Bennett was actively involved in all aspects of civil litigation, including employment, insurance coverage, insurance defense and products/tort liability matters.

Bennett earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and was an Undergraduate Scholar Assistant, awarded to the top one percent of students. She earned her Juris Doctor degree with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she served as associate editor of the Iowa Law Review and won the American Jurisprudence Award for Commercial Transactions.

Piyush Chaudhari
President of the Americas and Global Strategy

Piyush Chaudhari is IRI’s president of the Americas and Global Strategy. He is a 20-year veteran of client service, operations and technology and has a proven history in driving technology and overall corporate strategies. As president of the Americas, he has responsibility for Client Insights, Client Service and Pre-Sales. He focuses on bringing IRI’s strategy to life with clients in North America as well as with select multi-national, global clients. He ensures collaboration between the client insights and service organizations, and the company’s Centers’ of Excellence to help clients achieve fundamentally enhanced performance and growth through new capabilities.

Chaudhari joined IRI in 2012 as executive vice president of Strategy. In this role, Chaudhari worked with IRI’s leadership teams and colleagues across the company to refine strategy, direction, and related priorities, including new organic growth areas and acquisitions, and was instrumental in executing these strategies.

Before joining IRI, Chaudhari was a member of Aon Hewitt's Executive Committee, involved in setting the firm's direction and areas of priority. During his six years with Aon, he held many different roles, including management of different regional businesses, such as Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also held global roles, such as guiding Aon Hewitt's global consulting businesses and thought leaders, and acting as chief operating officer for the consulting organization. His primary area of client responsibility focused on multi-national clients.

Prior to Aon Hewitt, Chaudhari was with McKinsey and Company, where he focused on technology and technology strategy. He is an engineer with multiple U.S. patents and worked for many years at Motorola and IBM in product development and support before moving into consulting.

Chaudhari earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a board member of Metropolitan Family Services and Chicago Media Board and a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

KK Davey
Dr. Krishnakumar (KK) S. Davey
President,  IRI Global Analytics & Consulting

Dr. Davey is the president of  IRI Global Analytics & Consulting and a member of IRI’s Executive Leadership Team. IRI Global Analytics & Consulting is a growth-focused division, which leverages IRI’s granular and proprietary data, technology assets, and advanced analytics to develop practical and precise insights and recommendations around key sales and marketing priorities of senior executives at packaged goods and retail companies. The division is organized around four practices: revenue growth management, marketing productivity, retail productivity and strategic consulting.

Bringing to this role more than 25 years of experience at leading consulting, media/advertising, syndicated research and custom market research companies, Dr. Davey is focused on generating even further growth for the CPG and retail consulting practices at IRI.

Prior to joining IRI, Dr. Davey was a partner of the Consumer, Media and Technology practice at Oliver Wyman. He specialized in developing and applying analytic marketing solutions to solve a variety of business problems and provided strategic insights and direction. He has extensive experience in marketing modeling and marketing science as a practitioner and consultant to consumer goods, services, and B2B companies.

Dr. Davey has overseen large-scale strategic marketing engagements for some of the world’s leading consumer goods and services, packaged goods, media, technology, financial services, and B2B companies during his 25-year consulting career. His work experience spans the Americas, Europe, South Africa, and Asia, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, Korea, Central America and Japan. Engagements have included pricing and trade strategy, demand assessment and offer design, marketing spend allocation and optimization, customer profitability improvement, corporate and brand repositioning, brand portfolio optimization, sales force effectiveness, channel management, new product launch, and marketing capability building. Dr. Davey has worked with a wide variety of survey and syndicated data, internal and external databases, marketing research tools and methodologies, and marketing science models.

Before joining Oliver Wyman, Dr. Davey was a general manager at WPP’s Grey Global Group/MediaCom, where he built and led its Marketing ROI Practice. Prior to that, he held management positions in the Analytic Marketing Consulting Practices at Knowledge Networks, McKinsey & Company, AC Nielsen, and ORC. At McKinsey, he directed marketing strategy, marketing spend effectiveness and branding engagements for a variety of leading firms in the consumer and B2B sectors during his five-year tenure. He was also a co-leader of the Marketing Science Center and Pricing Center at McKinsey.

Dr. Davey holds a Ph.D. in marketing modeling from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation on choice modeling won the coveted best dissertation award in the United States in 1991. He has published articles in leading journals, such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Pricing, Strategy and Management, Mercer Management Journal and McKinsey Quarterly and has spoken at a number of industry conferences, such as Marketing Science Institute conferences and Advertising Research Foundation conferences.

José Carlos González-Hurtado
President of International

José Carlos González-Hurtado is responsible for the strategy and execution of all IRI services in international markets, including Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.  In this role, he is focused on creating growth, driving innovation and spurring collaboration across the regions. 

Before IRI, González-Hurtado was group chief commercial officer and member of the executive board at Carrefour Group, the second largest retailer globally.  In this role, he was responsible for the marketing, e-commerce, commercial and supply chain functions and led Carrefour’s private label program, an over $15 billion business globally.  Under his leadership, market share and gross margin grew significantly and Carrefour became the leading food retailer in e-commerce with over 30% annual growth globally.

Prior to his tenure with Carrefour, González-Hurtado spent over two decades at Procter & Gamble in various roles, including vice president and officer leading some of the major local, regional and global-level Procter & Gamble businesses in developed and emerging regions, achieving record business and profit growth across the board. He was professor of marketing planning and management at ICADE, Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid for several years and is an active and recognized lecturer on marketing and business leadership for numerous universities and international forums, including Kellogg-Recanati MBA School in Tel Aviv, the World Retail Congress in Berlin, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Góndola Retail Fair in Colombia. 

González-Hurtado holds master’s equivalent degrees in law and in business administration from ICADE in Madrid, Spain.  He was recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Board Candidates by Agenda magazine, a service of the Financial Times, in 2011, elected  board member of the American Chamber of Commerce and the European Business Association, served as president of the Consumer Goods Association in the Ukraine from 2004 to 2006, and was named the most successful manager of the year in Israel in 2003 by the most widely distributed newspaper in the country, Yediot, in September 2003 as well as one of the top 10 managers in Israel by the business magazine The Marker in July 2003.

Srishti Gupta
President, IRI Media Center of Excellence

Srishti Gupta is president of IRI’s Media Center of Excellence (COE) and a member of IRI’s Executive Leadership Team. The Media COE has a mission to increase return on media dramatically through unparalleled insight into the relationship between media interactions and purchase behaviors. These capabilities empower IRI’s clients to create scalable, targeted cross-media 1:1 marketing activation campaigns, plan and allocate resources across media in real time, improve marketing mix effectiveness and optimize ROI across all marketing activities.

In addition, Gupta is responsible for IRI’s digital media business that includes a suite of digital targeting and measurement solutions for CPG, retail and healthcare companies. She works with IRI’s clients to develop digital media strategies designed to generate sales uplift, increase brand awareness and promote dialogue across social media channels. She also recommends strategies to integrate digital media with print and broadcast advertising campaigns, as well as related promotion and merchandising activities.

Gupta brings to IRI deep experience and expertise in media and digital marketing. Before joining IRI in 2010, Gupta served as managing partner and executive vice president at MediaCom, a division of WPP, as head of digital strategy, planning and analytics. At MediaCom, she was responsible for all digital products and execution across all platforms, including display advertising, SEO, SEM social and mobile. She also served on the leadership team responsible for best-in-class marketing execution, thought leadership, new business and people development.

Earlier in Gupta’s career, she held various digital marketing positions at AOL to increase member acquisitions and engagement. She started her career in financial services with Capital One and Citigroup. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Beverly A. Grant
Senior Advisor, IRI

Beverly A. Grant is a senior strategic advisor to IRI.

Beverly A. Grant is a senior advisor for IRI with a focus on Client Strategy.  Prior to becoming a senior advisor, she was chief client strategy officer and president of Retail for IRI. 

Before joining IRI, Grant spent 26 years at Procter & Gamble in various roles, including vice president, general manager and chief channel officer of the North America Grocery Channel and global customer business development director of Beauty, Market Strategy and Planning and held a similar position for Food, Beverage and Pet Nutrition. 

In her last role at Procter & Gamble, she led Procter & Gamble’s $8.5 billion retail grocery business and was a recognized leader in traditional retailer category management and the emerging discipline of shopper execution.  While at Procter & Gamble, she also gained experience in the food and beverage, healthcare, oral care and beauty categories.

Grant was actively involved in multiple industry trade associations, serving on the Food Marketing Institute’s advisory board and the Industry Affairs and Trading Partner Alliance committees for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.  In these positions, she was instrumental in identifying and addressing issues of common interest between retailers and manufacturers in the rapidly evolving retail landscape. 

Grant has received multiple distinctions in the areas of leadership and development.  Most recently, she was recognized as a Top Woman of Influence in the grocery industry by the Griffin Report.  In 2010, she was awarded the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award, which recognized her professional and community accomplishments.  She also is the recipient of the distinguished John E. Pepper Diversity Award at Procter & Gamble for her many contributions in advancing diversity at Procter & Gamble and within the industry.

Grant is a Board Member of the YWCA Cincinnati and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Grant holds an executive master’s of Arts degree from Webster University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s of Science degree from Tennessee State University. 

John A. McIndoe
Senior Vice President, Marketing
As senior vice president of marketing, John McIndoe is responsible for IRI’s marketing efforts, including corporate branding, communications strategy, thought leadership, events, media and analyst relations and marketing communications supporting the company’s ongoing transformation, innovation and growth initiatives.

McIndoe possesses more than 15 years of experience in achieving superior marketing results.  He joined IRI to lead the company’s U.S.-based communications efforts and was later promoted to vice president of global media and analyst relations, and was then elevated to global vice president of corporate marketing.

Before joining IRI, McIndoe was with InstallShield Software Corporation, a leading enterprise software firm, where he helped the company transition from a world-renowned tools provider to that of a recognized enterprise-class software solutions company. Earlier in his career, he led communications and Internet development for FARGO Electronics, a Minnesota-based developer of specialized computer hardware equipment.  At FARGO, he was part of the team that led the business expansion into the consumer space and launched the industry’s first digital color photo printer line, which created an entirely new space of printing. Prior to FARGO, he held marketing and communications positions in the high-tech agency sector with Ruder Finn, Inc. and Parallax Technology, Chicago-based public relations and integrated marketing firms, respectively. He worked with such clients as ACI, Ameritech, CCH (Wolters Kluwer), Challenger Gray & Christmas, Comdisco, Paul Stuart and Stouffer Foods (Nestle).

McIndoe earned his bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in business and marketing from Bradley University and is a member of the Marketing Executive’s Networking Group (MENG), the Business Marketing Association and Executives’ Club of Chicago.

Hoyoung Pak
Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Data Science

Hoyoung Pak leads IRI’s global operations and oversees the company’s onshore and offshore teams.

Pak, who has more than 20 years of experience, joined IRI from Groupon, where he was senior vice president of Operations, leading Customer Service, Merchant Services and Editorial, including all aspects of the customer experience and leading global efforts to improve productivity. He transformed Merchant Services from servicing merchants to deepening loyalty and engagement by rolling out new products, such as Groupon Now for yield management, Groupon Rewards to drive customer loyalty, and Groupon Scheduler to manage appointments/reservations online. This resulted in a more than 50 percent sales conversion rate, more than a 30 percent increase in merchant retention and a 50 percent improvement to productivity through process and systems enhancements.

Prior to Groupon, Pak was with Discover Financial Services and held multiple leadership positions spanning Processing Services, Customer Service Operations, and Business Transformation. During his time at Discover, he worked closely with the chief operating officer and other executives to transform and redesign multiple operational processes across Customer Service, Customer Acquisition and Retention, and Information Technology Development across their enterprise. Prior to Discover, Pak was an associate partner at McKinsey & Company, where he spent more than seven years focused on service operations redesign and was a leader in the Retail/Operations and Supply Chain practice. 

Additionally, Pak spent four years in engineering research and development, including a post-doctoral fellowship at Sandia National Laboratory.  He holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Ash M. Patel
Chief Information Officer

Ash M. Patel leads IRI’s global technology and oversees the company’s onshore and offshore teams.  He focuses on generating value from innovative technology solutions, ensuring client satisfaction with technology deliverables and strengthening technology alliances.

Patel, who has more than 20 years of experience, joined IRI from Aon, where he was formerly head of technology innovation for Aon Hewitt and global chief information officer of the Consulting business. During his 12-year tenure at Aon, Patel led several transformational initiatives, including decommissioning multiple mainframe and legacy platforms, outsourcing infrastructure to several global providers, offshoring application development to captive development centers, launching an analytics center of excellence in Singapore and application architecture for Aon’s private healthcare exchanges. Patel also served several of Aon’s top financial services, hi-tech and pharmaceutical clients as technology executive sponsor and chief architect.

Prior to joining Aon, Patel founded several start-up companies, including, an online healthcare brokerage firm, which he sold to Aon in 2001. His prior work experience also includes high-tech firms, such as Computer Associates and Microsoft.

Patel has dual degrees from State University of New York at Stony Brook in information systems and economics as well as minors in political science and business administration.

Mike Samuels
Mike Samuels
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

As the deputy chief financial officer of IRI, Mike Samuels is responsible for overall financial management of the company and its financial reporting and transparency, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit, real estate and procurement.

Samuels is a seasoned financial executive with more than 24 years of in-depth experience in re-engineering/transformative programs, turnarounds and growth strategies.

Before joining IRI, Samuels was the corporate treasurer at Zenith Electronics Company, responsible for overseeing all financing, banking and investing activities.  Additionally, he was responsible for managing corporate risk management, credit and treasury operations, leasing and investor relations.

Samuels is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Indiana University.  He also holds an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from DePaul University.

Robert Tomei
President,  IRI Consumer & Shopper Marketing

As president, IRI Consumer & Shopper Marketing, Robert Tomei oversees growth, development and management of the company’s Consumer & Shopper Insights, Test Marketing, Digital Media, Shopper Segmentation & Targeting and Shopper Marketing businesses. He also oversees product management.

Tomei is a recognized industry luminary and market research veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the CPG industry.  He has a distinguished track record in general management and global marketing, developing innovative client solutions and creating strategic partnerships to drive profitable revenue growth, both in the United States and internationally.

Joining IRI from TNS, a leading global market insight and information group, Tomei served as president, TNS-U.S. Areas of Expertise & Marketing and global head of TNS’ 6th Dimension Access Panels. In this role, he oversaw Brand and Communications, Product Development and Innovation, Stakeholder Management, and Retail and Shopper Insights practices. In addition, he managed and directed TNS’ online access panels in the U.S. and internationally.

Prior to his tenure at TNS, Tomei spent 13 years at ACNielsen, leaving the firm as president of Nielsen’s HomeScan consumer panel business.  At ACNielsen, he drove the development and management of its consumer purchase panel in the United States and led product and service innovations around consumer and shopper insight applications.  Earlier in his career at ACNielsen, Tomei served in a variety of senior-level positions at ACNielsen-VNU, including chief marketing officer for the VNU Marketing Information Group and senior vice president for ACNielsen-U.S. Product Management and Marketing organization.

Before ACNielsen, Tomei held senior-level marketing positions at Bristol-Myers and Philip Morris USA. 

Tomei earned his master’s degree in business administration/social sciences at the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Fordham University. He is also the founder and acting chairperson of the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) Online Research Quality Council.

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