Harvard Business School (HBS) announced the appointment of Katia Walsh to the role of chief digital officer (CDO), effective April 10. As CDO, she will oversee the growth of a newly established technology function that builds and scales world-leading capabilities in digital products, data strategy and architecture, analytics, and machine learning engineering and AI. This new function will deliver common platforms to enable sophisticated digital experiences for innovation in educational and research software, in-class and online learning, community engagement, research, and publishing.
“HBS is embarking on our own digital innovations, harnessing data and artificial intelligence to transform in-person and online learning, community engagement, research, and publishing,” said HBS Dean Srikant Datar.
Angela Crispi, HBS’ executive dean for administration, noted, “Katia has a proven track record of working with large, global, complex organizations to build and scale their technology functions through strategy, innovation, and people development, creating new offerings and departments to deliver value to businesses and their consumers. That experience will serve her and HBS well, as we continue to advance our educational leadership and grow lifelong business learners around the world.”