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IAB and its Data Center of Excellence Reveals Winners of the First-ever IAB Data Rockstar Awards

Award Spotlights Five Industry Leaders Who Demonstrated Excellence in Data Science

NEW YORK, NY (November 7, 2016)IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) and its Data Center of Excellence today announced the winners of the inaugural IAB Data Rockstar Awards, celebrating top industry leaders and practitioners who have demonstrated achievement in data science or technology.

The top finalists were selected by the IAB Data Center of Excellence Board of Directors and were evaluated based on demonstrated excellence, creativity, or forward-thinking approaches to solving problems in data science, as well as the impact their contributions have made to their company or industry.

The five winners of the 2016 IAB Data Rockstar Awards include:

  • Prasad Chalasani, Senior Vice President, Data Science, MediaMath
  • Angelina Eng, Vice President, Media Platforms and Operations, Merkle
  • Kelly Leger, Vice President, Publisher Addressable Marketplaces, Merkle
  • Madhusudan Therani, Chief Technology Officer, Near
  • Evan Wallach, General Manager, Online Data, Epsilon

“We have only begun to deliver on the promise of big data, and these award-winners are proof that talented and creative minds can lead the way to tapping into its benefits,” said Patrick Dolan, Executive Vice President and COO, IAB. “We recognize these individuals for their achievement and leadership in significantly shaping the direction of their businesses, as well as the digital media and marketing industry at-large. We look forward to seeing how they continue to innovate and positively influence the evolution of the data ecosystem.”

Nominations, submitted by peers and colleagues from companies ranging from data analytical platforms to marketing technology agencies, were accepted between May and September 2016.

The IAB Data Rockstar Awards winners were announced at the IAB Ad Operations Summit in New York City. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit

About IAB
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. It is comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling delivering, and optimizing digital advertising or marketing campaigns. Together, they account for 86 percent of online advertising in the United States. Working with its member companies, the IAB develops technical standards and best practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. The organization is 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., the 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 West Coast office in San Francisco.

IAB Media Contact
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