March 18-20, 2019

Winning with Digital


Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar

  • SVP/Chief Data Officer, Business Technology
  • Discover Financial Services

Akshay Kumar is Chief Data Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Technology. His Advanced Analytics Platforms group builds distinctive cloud-based data and analytics capabilities to drive an industry-leading customer experience.

Kumar is currently leading the expansion of the end-to-end digital data ecosystem at Discover while delivering world-class analytics and data solutions. His team is continuously evaluating and leveraging emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization capabilities. His team is also responsible for strengthening enterprise data governance and data security.

Prior to Discover, Kumar has 25 years of IT experience in financial services organizations including American Express, Bank of America and UBS Investment Bank. Most recently, he served as Chief Data Officer and Head of IT for the Consumer Health Division at Aetna, Inc. In this role, his team built a world-class data and analytics ecosystem including cloud-based analytics platforms, data governance and security, external data exchange, hybrid data storage and customer insights platforms.

Kumar has an MBA and an MS in Decision and Information Systems from Arizona State University.