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IRI Appoints Piyush Chaudhari President of the Americas

Chaudhari Brings More Than 20 Years of Experience in Client Service, Operations and Technology to New Role; Will Focus on Driving Enhanced Performance and Growth for Domestic and Select Global Clients

CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2013 – SymphonyIRI, Inc., a global leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and healthcare companies, announced today that it has named Piyush Chaudhari president of the Americas. Chaudhari will report directly to Andrew Appel, SymphonyIRI’s president and chief executive officer.

Chaudhari, who joined SymphonyIRI in 2012 as executive vice president of Strategy, will now take on responsibility for Client Insights, Client Service and Pre-Sales. Additionally, he will have responsibility for select, multi-national and global clients. Chaudhari will focus on bringing SymphonyIRI’s strategy to life with clients, ensuring seamless integration of SymphonyIRI’s unique portfolio of assets and services to help clients achieve fundamentally enhanced performance and growth through new capabilities.
“With more than two decades of experience in client service, global operations and technology, Piyush is an excellent fit to elevate our strategic offerings with the goal of helping clients take maximum advantage of today’s market opportunities,” Appel said. “His proven track record as a business builder embodies SymphonyIRI’s core values of collaboration, client focus and client commitment.”

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

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

“SymphonyIRI Group has amassed the talent and strategic platforms to bring new levels of growth to its CPG and retail clients,” Chaudhari said. “It is an exciting time to be part of this innovative organization, and I look forward tackling the challenges of this new role and helping leverage SymphonyIRI’s industry-leading insights on a global scale.”

Chaudhari holds a master’s degree in business administration from Kellogg Graduate School of Management 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.

About SymphonyIRI
SymphonyIRI Group is a global leader in innovative solutions and services for the CPG, retail and healthcare industries. SymphonyIRI uniquely combines powerful market and shopper information, predictive analytics, flexible technology solutions and consulting services to help its clients drive and grow their businesses. For more information, visit:
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SymphonyIRI Group Contacts:

John McIndoe
Phone: +1 (312) 474-3862

Shelley Hughes
Phone: +1 (312) 474-3675


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