Janet George Fellow and Chief Data Officer, Western Digital

Janet George is a seasoned technical leader with more than 15 years of experience in Big Data platforms, machine learning, distributed computing, compliers and artificial intelligence. As Chief Data Scientist at Western Digital, George builds global core competencies. Her responsibilities include shaping, driving and implementing the Big Data platform, products and technologies using advanced analytics and pattern matching with semiconductor manufacturing data from the ground up. Prior to joining Western Digital, George served as managing director, chief scientist and Big Data expert at Accenture Technology Labs, where she was responsible for Big Data, machine learning, cognitive computing and open-innovation. She was the head of Yahoo! Labs/Research Engineering before that, inventing next generation platforms, cloud infrastructures and machine learning for Big Data. In addition, George has held engineering and management positions at Apple and eBay. George holds a bachelor's and an advanced master's degree with distinction in computer science and mathematics with a thesis focus on artificial intelligence.