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Management Team

Seasoned Leadership Creates Value For Our Clients

Expertise in CPG, Technology, Retail and More

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
Mike Duffey
Chief Financial Officer
Jane Altobelli
Executive Vice President,
Chief People Officer, Human Resources
Piyush Chaudhari
President of the Americas and Global Strategy
Beverly A. Grant
Senior Advisor, IRI


Dr. Krishnakumar (KK) S. Davey
Managing Director, IRI Consulting


Robert S. Holston
Executive Vice President, IRI Advanced Analytics


Nigel Howlett
President of IRI International


John A. McIndoe
Senior Vice President, Marketing


Hoyoung Pak
Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Data Science


Ash Patel
Chief Information Officer


Robert Tomei
President, Consumer & Shopper Marketing


Mike Duffey
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 an active board member at the Joffrey Ballet.

Mike Duffey photo
Mike Duffey
Chief Financial Officer

As the chief financial officer (CFO) for IRI, Mike Duffey is responsible for fiscal balance and operational growth during the company’s transformation period and beyond.

Duffey is a seasoned financial leader and has several years of industry experience in professional services, manufacturing, distribution, communications and banking. He is a creative, performance-driven leader, who focuses on applying leading-edge financial techniques to meet operational needs and enhance competitive positioning in domestic and international markets.

Before joining IRI, Duffey was the executive vice president and CFO of COVANSYS, a $400 million global information technology services provider. During his time with COVANSYS, he upgraded internal infrastructure through the implementation of SAP in India, and crafted the implementation of Hyperion planning, forecasting and consolidation modules for global planning and reporting. He also was responsible for the execution of a four corner redundant data center and communications configuration.

In addition, he served as senior vice president and CFO for APW, Ltd. and M.A. HANNA Company. He began his accounting career at Price Waterhouse.

Duffey holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University of Chicago. He also earned his master’s degree in economics, finance, and international business from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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.


 Piyush
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.

Grant
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. 

KK Davey
Dr. Krishnakumar (KK) S. Davey
Managing Director, IRI Consulting
As managing director, IRI Consulting, Dr. Davey leads the company’s strategic consulting practice and is focused on developing and applying innovative marketing solutions to solve a variety of business problems and providing strategic insight and direction to IRI’s clients. Bringing to this role more than 22 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 at the global consultancy, Oliver Wyman where he worked with leaders in technology, media, leisure and entertainment industries on a variety of marketing strategy engagements.

Dr. Davey’s work experience spans the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Davey has overseen several large-scale strategic marketing engagements for many of the world’s leading consumer goods and services companies over his 22 years of consulting career. He has led engagements in demand assessment and offer design, pricing, marketing spend allocation and optimization, customer profitability improvement, corporate and brand repositioning, brand portfolio optimization, sales effectiveness, channel management, new product launch, and marketing capability building. He has worked with a wide variety of survey and syndicated data, internal and external databases, marketing research tools and methodologies, and marketing science models. Prior to his role at Oliver Wynman, Dr. Davey was the general manager at WPP’s Grey Global Group and MediaCom, where he built the Marketing ROI Practice. Prior to that, he held management positions in the marketing consulting practices at Knowledge Networks, McKinsey & Company, ACNielsen and ORC.

Dr. Davey holds a Ph.D. in marketing modeling from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation on choice modeling won the coveted best dissertation award in 1991. A recognized thought leader, Dr. Davey 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, including those of the Marketing Science Institute and the Advertising Research Foundation.
Robert S. Holston
Executive Vice President, IRI Advanced Analytics

Robert Holston is executive vice president of IRI Advanced Analytics. He is an 18-year veteran of the products and service industries and has a long history of experience in shopper-centric predictive analytics and client value creation. Leading the North America analytics practice, he is focused on enabling clients to achieve high-impact business outcomes through a unique combination of predictive analytical techniques, proprietary rapid-modeling platforms, leading-edge automated solutions, and experienced analytics consulting talent. He previously led the analytics business relationship with some of IRI’s largest global clients.

Prior to joining IRI, he was the practice leader for Shopper Marketing at Deloitte Consulting LLC within its Strategy & Operations - Consumer Products Service Line. Previously, Holston was the global director of Shopper Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company where he was responsible for the development and deployment of The Coca-Cola Way of Shopper Marketing to the global business operating units and customer teams.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Holston worked for a tier-one management consulting firm in their Brand Strategy and Customer Relationship Management Practice where he supported the development and growth of the brand analytics business.

Previously, he spent five years with Mobil Oil Corporation where he gained considerable retail experience in roles of increasing responsibility in finance, retail brand development, store operations and franchise management.

Holston is a frequent contributor to publications and his analysis and points-of-view on retail marketing and the commercialization of brand strategy have appeared in AdAge, Brand Week, Fortune and The Financial Times.

He has an undergraduate degree in finance and marketing from Drexel University and a master’s degree in business administration from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Nigel Howlett, President of International, IRI
Nigel Howlett
Nigel Howlett is president of IRI International.  In this role, Nigel is focused on continuing to aggressively grow the market content, solutions and technology businesses throughout IRI’s international operations as well as expand the company’s international innovation practice.

Prior to IRI, Howlett was previously Executive Vice President (global) at OgilvyOne Worldwide and a member of the company’s board of directors. At OgilvyOne, he was responsible for the company’s Global Consulting Practice, which included building global alliances and partnerships, acquisitions, attracting significant new consulting engagements, and tailoring the firm’s services to its international clients.  In this role, Howlett more than tripled the size of the firm’s consulting operation during the last four years. Major contracts signings under his leadership included international assignments with Nestle and Unilever.  He was also responsible for creating a global consulting alliance with IBM and launching a global E-mail Marketing and Digital Dialogue Practice across three continents.

Howlett started with OgilvyOne Worldwide in 1991 as managing director of Ogilvy & Mather DataConsult. He became chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne U.K. in 1996 and was named to his latest position in 2003.  Before OgilvyOne, he served as client services director at The Computing Group from 1988 to 1991.  

Howlett began his career at GKN plc, earning a university scholarship in 1976 prior to graduating in 1980 with roles in sales as a special projects team member. He later served as a product manager and group product manager (1982 to 1984), marketing manager (1984 to1985), and finally, group head of marketing, GKN Vending Services (1985 to1987). 

Howlett earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in business and marketing from UWE Bristol.
McIndoe
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.

Pak
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.

Patel
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 MoreBenefits.com, 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.

Robert Tomei
President, Consumer & Shopper Marketing

As president, 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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