Giri Durbhakula

Managing Director - Ernst & Young

Giri Durbhakula is a highly accomplished and experienced Technology Executive, with expertise in many industries such as Retail, Manufacturing, High-Tech, CPG, and Financial Services. Giri is Vice President, CIO and CDO (Chief Data officer) for National Pen, a B2B Retailer/Manufacturer specializing in promotional products, operating in over 24 countries. In addition, he also serves as a mentor and advisor to a handful of startups. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Multi-Channel Technology at Petco, where he was responsible for Merchandising, eCommerce, Supply Chain and Marketing, and served as a key change agent in helping lead many key Omni-channel transformation projects.

He has also served in senior technology leadership roles at companies such as Charlotte Russe, Fair Isaac, Intuit, Targetbase, and Gateway.  In addition to his overall technology and business leadership and experience, he has a deep background in Data and Analytics in many areas such as Customer, Marketing, Merchandising, Supply Chain, Fraud, and Credit scoring.

He has over 25 years of experience and has been an industry practitioner, management consultant and vendor, and brings a unique perspective to bear in helping solve business problems that enable strategic business growth for companies. He has written many articles and has also spoken at many different forums in his career on many topics. He has an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a graduate degree in Management from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as Executive Business Management courses from Stanford University.

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