For immediate release | February 1, 2021

An updated playbook for chief data officers

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “The Chief Data Officer's Playbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, offers new insights into the role of the CDO and the data environment. Written by Caroline Carruthers and Peter Jackson, two of the world's leading experts in data driven transformation, it addresses the changes that have taken place in "data" in the role of the CDO, and the expectations and ambitions of organizations. Most importantly, it places the role of the CDO into the context of a c-suite player for organizations that wish to recover quickly and with long-term stability from the current global economic downturn. New coverage includes:

  • the evolution of the CDO role, what those changes mean for organizations and individuals, and what the future might hold;
  • a focus on ethics, the data revolution and all the areas that help readers take their first steps on the data journey;
  • new conversations and experiences from an alumni of data leaders compiled over the past three years; and
  • new chapters and reflections on being a third generation CDO and on working across a broad spectrum of organizations who are all on different parts of their data journey.

Carruthers is a data expert and co-founder of data consultancy firm Carruthers and Jackson. She was one of the first women to take on the role of Chief Data Officer in the UK public sector for Network Rail. She has authored several best-selling books on the role of data in organizations and now consults with public, private, and charity organizations on how to get the most out of their data. Jackson is co-founder of Carruthers and Jackson and Director, Group Data Sciences at Legal and General. He has nearly 20 years’ experience providing data strategy consultancy across the notprofit world, financial services and FMCG, working with large multi-national organizations, and blue chip brands. Also co-author of “Data-Driven Business Transformation,” he is an international speaker on data, innovation, and business transformation.

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