NEXT100 Winner among ‘Women Leaders in AI’

Seema Gaur, Executive VP & Head - IT, IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company, India who won the NEXT100 award in 2013 features in the list…

NEXT100 Winner among ‘Women Leaders in AI’ - ITNEXT

“It is a great honor to be recognized as one of the women pioneers in AI,” said Seema Gaur, Executive VP & Head - IT, IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company. “AI will definitely create a great impact on enhanced customer experience in the days to come.”

NEXT100 2013 award winner Seema Gaur, Executive VP & Head - IT, IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company, India has been selected as one of the “Women Leaders in AI” by IBM.

The only other honoree from India is Harmeen Mehta, Chief Information Officer & Head - Cloud and Security Business, Bharti Airtel.

This is as per the list of global women leaders and pioneers in AI for business, released by IBM. The list recognizes and celebrates women across a variety of industries and geographies for pioneering the use of AI to advance their companies in areas, such as innovation, growth, and transformation.

IBM will celebrate the honorees during an inaugural recognition event on June 12, 2019 at the IBM Watson Experience Center in New York, New York where the women will share their experiences leading AI initiatives in their organizations. Students from IBM’s P-Tech program will attend to hear from these leaders who have applied AI technology in diverse and meaningful ways to help drive business innovation.

“Artificial Intelligence is poised to drive dramatic advances in every industry,” said Michelle Peluso, SVP, Digital Sales & CMO, IBM, who also serves as Leader of IBM’s Women’s Initiative. “Today, we are sharing the stories of more than 30 incredible women, who are paving the way forward in how AI is advancing businesses and changing how people work and live. At IBM, we know gender equality is critical and nowhere is this more important than in AI. We hope the stories shared today will encourage many more women to take a leadership role in shaping the future of this important technology.”

Ranging in industries from telecommunications and finance to education and entertainment, the women were selected based upon the ways they are using AI as a transformation agent to help drive results for their organizations and the employees and customers they serve. 

The “Women Leaders in AI” honorees are:

  1. Christine Gabbard, Project Manager, Machine Assistance, Autodesk, USA
  2. Claudia Ignacio, Executive Director Client Experience, Banco Mercantil del Norte (Banorte), Mexico
  3. Fernanda Gonzalez, Digital Channels Manager, Banco Santander Rio, Argentina
  4. Tanuja Singeetham, Vice President, Marketing, BEHR Paint, USA
  5. Rupinder Dhillon, Director, AI and Machine Learning, Bell Canada, Canada
  6. Harmeen Mehta, Chief Information Officer & Head Cloud and Security Business, Bharti Airtel, India
  7. Lorna Russell, Senior Manager, Product Management, BMC Software, USA
  8. Walkiria Schirrmeister Marchetti, CIO, Bradesco, Brazil
  9. Keiko Konno, General Manager, Service Planning & Development Division, BRIDGE International Corp., Japan
  10. Sabine Scheunert,Vice President Digital & IT Sales/Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler AG, Germany
  11. Ona Juodkiene, Co-Head of IT Operations, Danske Bank, Denmark
  12. Maren Reinsch, Head of Sales & Services, DB Dialog & DB System, Germany
  13. Siewchoo Soh, Managing Director, DBS Bank, Singapore
  14. Claudia Pohlink, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Deutsche Telekom/T-Labs, Germany
  15. Xiaojun Huang, Senior Advisor Upstream Digital Transformation, ExxonMobil, USA
  16. Donna Hill, Assistant Director, Service, Configuration & Continuity Management, The George Washington University, USA
  17. Jaki Lynn Van Valin, Director Data Management & Analytics, Harley-Davidson, USA
  18. Victoria Stasiewicz, Global Information Systems –Manager Information Management, Harley-Davidson,USA
  19. Kyoka Nakagawa, Chief Engineer, Value Creation Department, Digital Transformation Division, Digital Solution Center, Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Japan
  20. Sara Hines, Director of Provider Experience & Connectivity, Humana,USA
  21. Seema Gaur, Executive VP & Head IT, IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company, India
  22. Elenita Elinon, Executive Director Quantitative Research, JP Morgan Chase & Company, USA
  23. Kelly Combs, Director, Emerging Technology Risk, KPMG LLP, USA
  24. Hye-young Kim, Director of Artificial Intelligence, LOTTE Shopping, South Korea
  25. Carmen Suarez, Assistant Director, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
  26. YimeiGuo, Managing Director, Global Head of Research Technology, Morgan Stanley, USA
  27. Gail Blum, Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations, NBC Universal, USA
  28. Sandra Cascadden, Associate Deputy Minister/CIO, Government of Nova Scotia, Canada
  29. Pat Maqetuka, Chief Data Architecture & Operations Officer, Nedbank, South Africa
  30. Severine Marquay, AI experience, digital support & innovation, Orange France, France
  31. Rachel Cordrey, Pharmacy Supervisor, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, USA
  32. Mary Ann Fleming, Head of Services, Home Buying and Ownership, RBS, UK
  33. Erin Oles, Senior Director, R+F Virtual Live, Rodan + Fields, USA
  34. Carolyn Staats, Director of Innovation, Information Systems Department, Sonoma County, USA
  35. Jennifer Edgin, CTO, Deputy Commandant Information, U.S. Marine Corps, USA
  36. Lee Hatton, CEO, U Bank, Australia
  37. Tanja Richter, Director, Consumer Products and Services, Vodafone, UK 
  38. Laura Bellamy, Director, Information Experience, VMWare, USA
  39. Yu Ching Lan, Department Manager, Walsin Lihwa Corp., Taiwan
  40. Shelley Kalms, Chief Digital Officer, Woodside Energy, Australia

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