Leadership

At IIA, we believe in the power of analytics to fundamentally improve the way businesses operate. Meet our leadership team, who work on behalf of our clients to build and grow competitive analytics programs.

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Jack Phillips

Co-founder and CEO


Jack Phillips is a noted advisor and writer on the impact that business analytics and big data have on enterprises. Mr. Phillips founded the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) with Tom Davenport, and currently serves as its CEO. Mr. Phillips edited the 2012 book Enterprise Analytics: Optimize Performance, Process and Decisions Through Big Data.

In his work at IIA, the leading independent analytics research firm, Mr. Phillips focuses on how the adoption of data and analytics by certain firms leads to competitive differentiation and higher performance. Mr. Phillips speaks frequently on cultural changes, organizational models, talent acquisition and the requirements of new leaders in a data-driven world.

Mr. Phillips is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Williams College, and lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon.

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Bill Franks

Chief Analytics Officer


Bill Franks is IIA’s Chief Analytics Officer, where he provides perspective on trends in the analytics and big data space and helps clients understand how IIA can support their efforts and improve analytics performance. His focus is on translating complex analytics into terms that business users can understand and working with organizations to implement their analytics effectively. His work has spanned many industries for companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profits.

Franks is the author of the book Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., April, 2012). In the book, he applies his two decades of experience working with clients on large-scale analytics initiatives to outline what it takes to succeed in today’s world of big data and analytics. Franks’ second book The Analytics Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., September, 2014) lays out how to move beyond using analytics to find important insights in data (both big and small) and into operationalizing those insights at scale to truly impact a business. He is an active speaker who has presented at dozens of events in recent years. His blog, Analytics Matters, addresses the transformation required to make analytics a core component of business decisions.

Franks earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from North Carolina State University. More information is available at www.bill-franks.com.

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David Alles

Vice President


David Alles is a Vice President with the International Institute for Analytics and leads the company’s analytics maturity assessment service line. He brings over two decades of executive, product development and business strategy experience leading teams at rapidly growing technology companies. David has experience at leveraging a wide variety of technologies (Big Data, platform-as-a-service, streaming analytics, IoT) across a number of industries (energy analytics, building automation, SaaS applications, electronic design automation, and manufacturing). David has a BS in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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John Ott

Vice President of Sales and Client Success


John Ott is the Vice President of Sales and Client Success at the International Institute for Analytics. John’s extensive background in strategic account development, channel creation, and managing client success teams makes him a natural fit for IIA as we look to dramatically grow our client base.

John brings over 25 years of experience driving sales growth for companies ranging from venture funded startups to those listed on the Fortune 500. He has lead worldwide sales teams for technology companies that included both direct and indirect sales channels. He has extensive experience with IoT, Saas products and services across a wide variety of industries.

John started his career as an electrical engineer. One of his first projects included the design and development of advanced digital communication satellites at Ford Aerospace. John received his BSEE from Brigham Young University.

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Linzie Reynolds VanWieringen

Director of Marketing


Linzie Reynolds VanWieringen is the Director of Marketing at the International Institute for Analytics. Linzie is an accomplished marketing leader with both agency and in-house experience, who has helped implement marketing strategy into manufacturing, automotive and technology companies. She brings experience that will drive strategic positioning, branding and market growth to IIA.

Linzie’s love for marketing started at a young age as she helped her parents with their business and has continued to work with organizations to grow their market presence. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BBA focused in Marketing. Linzie spends her free time with her family, volunteering or enjoying the outdoors.

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Doug Mirsky

Vice President


Doug Mirsky, PhD, is the VP, Director of Analytics Strategy and Head of IIA’s Research and Advisory Network. He brings broad experience working across industry verticals with the benefit of numerous years focused in analytics, financial services and life sciences. Prior to IIA, Doug spent seven years with Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) where he held executive roles in operations, business development, strategy and consulting. He has also held roles in medical education, television production, clinical roles in spine surgeries and was an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at CUNY and SUNY. Doug has a PhD from the University of Chicago in Evolutionary Anatomy.