Orient Express: Accelerating the Rise of the CDO in Asia

Wei-Shen Wong documents the rise of Asia-based chief data officers, and their place in the structure of both local and global firms.

After becoming more prevalent in the financial industry in the US and in Europe, the role of chief data officer (CDO) is now also becoming more widely adopted in Asia—albeit later and at a slightly slower pace than elsewhere. 

Cyrus Daruwala, managing director of financial services and fintech at research and consulting firm IDC Asia Pacific, says the need to create Asia-specific CDOs started about three years ago. 

“The CDO role is an up-and-coming role in Asia-Pacific, not only within the

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