Anju’s affinity for math led her from her native country of India to the U.S., where she earned a Ph.D. in Genetics and Statistics from The Ohio State University.
Since then, Anju has built a reputation as a world-class expert in data strategy, data-driven analytics and artificial intelligence. Today, she’s Enterprise Holdings’ Vice President of Data Strategy & Analytics and is thrilled to be working for an organization she calls “visionary.” We sat down with Anju to find out more about her career and why she’s excited for the future of Enterprise.
Describe your background and experience in data strategy and analytics.
Seventeen years ago, I was hired as a Statistical Analyst at Monsanto where I was responsible for building the global pipeline of technology. I spent more than a decade working in statistical genetics, and leading global analytic teams. After my experience at Monsanto (now Bayer), I was responsible for managing Syngenta’s global social media analytics and campaign strategy.
Why is data-driven analytics critical to Enterprise Holdings’ future success?
Enterprise Holdings is the most data-driven company I’ve ever seen. This makes it easier for branch employees across all business lines to respond to their customer needs in real-time. Having visited a few branches now, I have a better understanding of the fast-pace environment where decisions are being made – the experience felt like an action-oriented Wall Street trading floor!
On the other side of the spectrum, there’s a significant opportunity to supplement our decision making with analytics and predictive insights. Through our work, we hope to reduce the time it takes to make decisions, enhance the customer experience and improve work-life balance.
What opportunities lie ahead?
We are currently working towards building a pipeline of analytics to support our decision making. We have established a global team responsible for cross-functional analytics projects and training our reporting analysts with new tools and technology. We recently established a Data Science Governance Council that is active in approving strategic projects.
We are also building a platform for accessing our data solutions in near real-time. Connected car and fleet logistics are projects that will seamlessly run through this platform.
What excites you the most?
Everything about Enterprise Holdings is exciting! Chrissy Taylor’s time, investment and support has been commendable. She has a vision for Enterprise Holdings’ data and analytics, and that helps a lot.
My goal is to continuously make the decision-making processes efficient and accurate.
What’s something people might not know about you?
If I’m not running, biking or cheering on a Buckeye football game (Fields is awesome, and Dobbins is killing it this year!), I’m relaxing with a form of meditative art called Zentangle. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn and relaxing way to create art by drawing structured, repeated patterns.
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