Andy Walter, CIO of Procter & Gamble strongly believes that the day we claim success is that day we stop innovating and the day we start climbing down. We are very fortunate to have Andy Walter CIO P&G to visit and talk about his experiences in what it takes to be a global enterprise product company and specifically what it takes for an Indian product to break into US enterprises. He is here visiting, speaking and being part of the advisory board to shortlist the 50 Indian enterprise product companies showcasing at InTech50. Have you applied for InTech50, if not, please apply here
Andy is the Vice President, Delivery & MDO Solutions at Procter & Gamble. With 24 years of experience at P&G across the U.S. and Europe Andy’s career has spanned a variety of assignments including Global R&D, Product Supply & Manufacturing, Marketing, and International Sales & Operations. Prior to his current role, Andy also designed and led the industry-leading Business Intelligence / Analytics journey across P&G. Under his leadership, P&G received the first-ever Excellence in Analytics Award by The International Institute of Analytics. His teams have also been recognized with CIO 100 Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2013, Harvard Business School will add a P&G-based case study to their analytics’ curriculum. Andy credits such recognition to clear “Play to Win” strategy choices, relentless talent development, and breakthrough strategic partnerships. Andy is driven by the belief that people and relationships make the difference—that “The day we claim success is the day we fail.” Execution is the only strategy consumers and retailers see!
Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. A native of the city, Andy lives on the West Side of Cincinnati, with his wife, Debbie, and their two sons. Andy believes that “perfect storm” of Talent, Technology, and Leadership (TTL) is required for the success of a company and in particular at P&G. He strongly believes in TTL with TALENT gave it a good nucleus of people who understood analytics and already had a strong program in place. TECHNOLOGY – P&G also saw the technology advance to a point that allowed it to bring together disparate, siloed datasets, and run analytics on stuff it hadn’t been able to previously. Leadership. The third element of P&G’s perfect storm was the vision of GBS President Filippo Passerini that BI and analytics needed to be a “key area of investment and a breakthrough for P&G and Andy was asked to head it.
Andy designed and led the transformation of Consumer Digital Services, and, more recently, the industry-leading Business Intelligence/Analytics journey across P&G. Under his leadership, P&G received the first-ever Excellence in Analytics Award by The International Institute of Analytics. His teams have also been recognized with CIO 100 Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
P&G’s transformation into a data-driven, analytically-rich culture happened quickly. And Walter said, “because we made the courageous choice at that time that we weren’t going to wait until the data, infrastructure, and core systems were perfect before we started doing analytics or visualization.”
Andy shares that P&G adapted new technology at the right and that is the risk they took and today they proudly say and No doubt, P&G deserves recognition as an analytical innovator.