As 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 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 health care 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, a health care exchange technology 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.