Protiviti adds AI expert Madhumita Bhattacharyya as managing director

21 February 2019 Consulting.us

California-based management and technology consulting firm Protiviti has added Madhumita Bhattacharyya as managing director of the firm’s technology practice, where she will lead advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) services. She will be based out of Protiviti’s Dallas office.

Bhattacharyya brings more than 19 years of strategy and analytics experience to the role. She has expertise across the analytics value curve, with an advanced focus on risk, fraud, and anti-money laundering analytics.

Before joining Protiviti, Bhattacharyya was partner and US head of IBM Global Business Services’ advanced analytics practice. She also spent six years at Cognizant, first serving as head of the retail analytics practice, and then as practice leader of Analytics Consulting for banking and financial services.

Protiviti adds AI expert Madhumita Bhattacharyya as managing director

"Many of our clients find deploying and managing technologies such as AI and machine learning to be a significant challenge," Ron Lefferts, managing director and global leader of technology consulting at Protiviti, said. "They look to us for innovative solutions that enable them to successfully incorporate these technologies into their current business models.”

“With Madhu's deep knowledge of advanced AI and data analytics across multiple industries, she advises them so that they can make informed data-based decisions and look to the future with confidence," he added.

With tech firms and consultancies fighting for emerging technology buffs to lead what is expected to revolutionize the future of work and business, analytics and AI experts like Bhattacharyya are an extremely hot commodity, especially as businesses fret over shrinking talent pools and skill mismatches. Though businesses would love a surplus of AI PhDs, allowing more hires at lower prices, one doesn't seem likely until the education system can be reoriented to pump out STEM workers at much higher rate.

In any case, management consultancies like Protiviti have the high revenue and generous compensation packages to attract premier talent like Bhattacharyya. The firm, which was formed in 2002 from the internal audit, business, and technology risk consulting practice of the the collapsing Arthur Andersen, earned revenue of $817 million in 2017, and has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” the past five years.

Related: Protiviti president Joseph Tarantino named Top CEO by Glassdoor


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