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ADI’s Dr. David R. Hardoon recognized for his contributions to data-driven innovations with Chief Data Officer of the Year Award

Dr. David R. Hardoon

Singapore, 31 March 2023 – Aboitiz Data Innovation (ADI) announces that its Chief Executive Officer and Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank)’s Chief Data and AI Officer, Dr. David R. Hardoon, has been named CDOTrends Reader’s Choice Awards: 2022 ASEAN Edition’s Chief Data Officer of the Year.

As digital enablement and data transformation reach new levels of maturity across Asia Pacific, the CDOTrends Reader’s Choice Awards aims to recognize leading solutions and executives that have played a determining role in driving digital transformation and data initiatives across their organizations.

The Chief Data Officer of the Year award recognizes Dr. Hardoon’s exceptional leadership and contribution to ADI’s mission of leveraging data and operationalizing Data Science and AI (DSAI) to help businesses understand the value of data-driven innovation in solving complex business problems and unlocking new opportunities.

As ADI’s CEO and UnionBank’s CDAO, Dr. Hardoon has successfully led the bank and the Aboitiz techglomerate in promoting a data-first culture across the organization. Under his leadership, ADI has made significant strides in operationalizing DSAI to drive high-impact innovations and business growth, adding value to the business units at the Group. Dr. Hardoon and his team have been instrumental in developing tried and tested DSAI frameworks and solutions to drive operational efficiency and cost savings, strengthen risk management, optimize revenue, and champion sustainability across Aboitiz’s business units such as UnionBank, Aboitiz Power Corporation, and Republic Cement, among others.

“I am truly honored to receive this award, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams,” said Dr. Hardoon. “Our mission to enable businesses to harness the power of Data Science & AI in shaping a better world is something that I deeply identify with and continue to preach every day. We are dedicated to creating a community of innovators who are grounded in data science to lead successful organizations into the future.”

With Dr. Hardoon at the helm, ADI will continue to double down on DSAI operationalization and upskilling to transform businesses and advance communities across Asia Pacific and beyond.


About Aboitiz Data Innovation

Aboitiz Data Innovation (ADI) is the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI) arm of the Aboitiz Group. ADI consolidates DSAI operating models across the Group and promotes a data-driven culture across the organization. Its chief responsibility is to transform data into business outcomes, use information to make better decisions, reinvent business models, and develop high-value solutions to create new processes, products, and services. By operationalizing DSAI across the Aboitiz Group’s business units, ADI is advancing an over-a-century-old company’s Great Transformation journey into becoming the Philippines’ first techglomerate.

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