Plamen Petrov

VP, AI & Exponential Technologies / CDO
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Plamen Petrov is Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Exponential Technologies, and Chief Data Officer at Anthem Inc. Anthem is a leading health benefits company in the US dedicated to improving lives and communities and making health care simpler. Through its affiliated companies, Anthem serves more than 106 million people, including 42 million  within its family of affiliated health plans.

Plamen is working on bringing digital-first, AI-enabled products and solutions to Anthem’s customers. The suite of digital products and services provide superb user experience to Anthem’s members to access health care services with personalized convenience, high quality, and cost efficiency. As Chief Data Officer Plamen is responsible to guide the company across all business areas on acquiring, protecting, and using data as a strategic asset.

Plamen is a recognized expert on Artificial Intelligence technologies and in particular on Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning (ML) and probabilistic reasoning.
Plamen has extensive experience in industry and academia having worked in different roles at companies such as KPMG, IBM, Deloitte LLP, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, United Airlines, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, Convergys. Plamen holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois. His undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is from Technical University of Sofia (TUS). Plamen serves on the faculty of the University of Illinois and Northwestern University where he conducts research and teaches graduate courses on Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, and Analytics. Plamen is currently the Industry Liaison Officer for the ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI).
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