Q&A: Emilia Sherifova On Making Workforces “Superhuman” And The Critical Role Of CIOs In …




      By Emilia Sherifova Apr 14, 2021
    


      Beneath, Emilia Sherifova - KKR's Chief Data and Innovation Officer - discusses her priorities in her function, how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the adoption of recent applied sciences throughout industries, and what qualities she feels are wanted to be a profitable Chief Data Officer (CIO) at the moment.
    
    
      You joined KKR in 2019 with a wealth of expertise throughout each established monetary providers corporations and start-ups. What stunned you about KKR after you joined and what are your priorities?
    
    
      What stunned me is, regardless of how influential KKR is globally, the group is relatively small and flat with a really entrepreneurial and agile workforce. That is paying homage to the startups the place I labored. I understand now this strategy is deliberate - it is part of the tradition the agency's founders established to encourage continued innovation to boost the best way we work and the worth we convey to our purchasers.
    
    

One other factor that stunned me was the great alternative to convey digitization and a data-driven mindset to this business. There is a actually thrilling alternative at KKR to place us on the forefront of our business by investing in know-how, constructing world-class engineering capabilities, and including extra digital elements to boost nearly each facet of what we do. It is a nice complement to our sturdy tradition as a agency. I typically say that the addition of digitization could make somebody 'superhuman' - know-how can automate low worth processes and allow everybody throughout the agency to focus much more on value-add work streams and tasks.

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