Chris Simokat is Chief Data Scientist for Citi Architecture and Technology Engineering (CATE) and Senior Vice President for the multi-functional Data Science & Analytical Tools Engineering team for Big Data & Analytics Engineering group at Citi.
He has created the Data Science Center of Excellence which is responsible for providing analytic jumpstart services to accelerate business success in adopting data science and advanced analytics leveraging technologies in Citi's Big Data Platform by using Hadoop based analytical toolsets in the development of data products and applications from proof of concept to production delivery. He is a transformational technology leader with big-picture vision and ability to drive change across disparate groups. His mission is to mentor Citi businesses and spread techniques and knowledge necessary for business sectors to make a data driven mindset part of their strategic skills arsenal. Chris routinely applies his entrepreneurial spirit to effectively create opportunities to lead transformational efforts. Prior to working at Citi he worked at Think Big Analytics (now a Teradata company), his own web development startup, and some academic positions.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics: Probability and Statistics with Minors in Biology and Political Science at Northern Illinois University and earned his Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics at DePaul University. He is currently on the lookout for the right fit PhD program to consume the precious little free time he has left. Chris currently lives in Chicago.