Real World Multi-Modal IT: Digital Innovation with Analytics Sponsored by Mareana

The past several years has seen an explosion of new business data.  In parallel, customers’ and business partners’ expectations are only increasing.  Yet the fundamental challenges of IT and Ops Leaders remain the same: “Do More with Less,” fund innovation through ongoing savings, keep the lights on, make sure our company’s data is safe and secure…  Balancing these competing imperatives and moving the needle on innovation to take advantage of new sources of value embedded in data is possible…with the right approach.
Through a targeted and thoughtful approach to the innovation approach, ecosystem, and technologies, building from the simple to the more complex, Mareana is pioneering value capture from both new and legacy, structured and unstructured data, to drive the business.  We’ve found that even amidst ongoing global process, data and systems rationalization, M&A, etc. that smart layering of analytics can be a game changer.

We’re excited to share our learnings, challenges, and best practices and to hear back from the community.


Chris Knerr, CEO and Co-Founder, Mareana

Chris Knerr is CEO and Co-Founder of Mareana, a tech start-up that enables clients to drive profitability, improve cost structure, and drive quality by discovering, enriching, structuring, syndicating, and analyzing unstructured data and enterprise data in any format.  The firm also provides C-Level management consulting to select clients.

Previously, Chris was with Johnson & Johnson for 13 years, leading transformational strategic change at both the divisional and global levels.  In Chris’s tenure at J&J, he drove significant step improvements in customer experience, supply chain and commercial operations across multiple functions, geographies and business segments, streamlining corporate governance and operations, while improving business outcomes.  Most recently, as global Vice President, Enterprise Business Systems Strategy, Chris led strategy, governance and execution for a massive global, cross-business sector portfolio of enterprise programs for J&J, including the largest commercial contracting transformation ever done in J&J.

Chris’s special areas of expertise and interest include executive leadership; governance; integrating strategy, technology and operations; leading and developing global, cross-functional teams; change management; high complexity/white space problems; metrics and business performance measurement; program and risk management; advanced analytics; and acquisition integration.

Chris earned an MBA with distinction from Cornell University and a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University.  He lives with his wife and two children in Princeton, NJ.