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Third Annual IAB Data Rock Star & Rising Star Awards Celebrate Data Science Excellence Across Media and Marketing Industries

Winners Named from Adobe, Acxiom Corporation, GroupM, Lotame, Nielsen, Reveal Mobile & Valassis

NEW YORK, NY (December 5, 2018) —The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its Data Center of Excellence today announced the winners of the third annual IAB Data Rock Star Awards at the IAB Data and Mobile Symposium in New York City.

These awards recognize outstanding work by data industry practitioners. The winners, selected by the Data Center Board of Directors, demonstrate excellence, artistry, and innovation within their field, and provide value to their teams, companies, and the larger industry. IAB honors these individuals with the hope of encouraging greater interest and advancement in this dynamic and thriving field.

The five winners of the 2018 IAB Data Rock Star Awards include:

  • Arthur Coleman, Former General Manager, Acxiom Corporation
  • Jessica Donohue, Vice President, Client Strategy, Nielsen
  • Judith Hammerman, Head of Audience Manager, Adobe
  • John Haws, CTO, Reveal Mobile
  • David Justus, Vice President of Data Acquisition and Operations, Lotame

Two practitioners were honored as Rising Stars:

  • Amanda Newport-Foster, Data Scientist II, Valassis
  • Paloma Torres, Senior Analyst, GroupM

“Data is driving innovations in marketing and commerce—programmatic, artificial intelligence and machine learning have become table stakes for today’s marketer,” said Orchid Richardson, Vice President and Managing Director, IAB Data Center of Excellence. “I congratulate these Data Rock Stars for leading this fast-moving field, one that is vital to the growth of customized, relevant, automated advertising—which is expected to account for 86 percent of display ad sales by 2020.”

Nominations, submitted by peers and colleagues from companies ranging from data analytical platforms to marketing technology agencies, were accepted between October 1 – 31, 2018.

For more information on the winners, please visit

About IAB
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership is comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital advertising or marketing campaigns. The trade group fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. In affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab, it develops technical standards and best practices. IAB and the IAB Education Foundation are committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., IAB advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City and has a San Francisco office.

IAB Media Contact
Laura Goldberg
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