Yahoo Names Its First Chief Data Officer

Yahoo has named Dr. Usama Fayyad as Chief Data Officer and senior vice president of the Strategic Data Solutions group.

Fayyad will be responsible for Yahoo!'s overall data strategy, architecting Yahoo!'s data policies and systems, prioritizing data investments, and managing the Company's data processing infrastructure and analysis.

You can read about Dr. Fayyad background (including a five year stint as head of the Microsoft Research data mining group) in this news release.