KKR creates new tech role

Emilia Sherifova named as chief information and innovation officer
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KKR has appointed Emilia Sherifova to the newly created role of chief information and innovation officer.

In her new role, Sherifova will lead KKR’s technology and data innovation vision and strategy.

Sherifova joins from Northwestern Mutual where as CTO she led the company’s digital transformation. Sherifova has also held CTO roles at LearnVest and PulsePoint. Prior to that she spent 13 year running technology at OTC Markets Group.

Sherifova is a self-taught software developer, with a degree in international business and finance from Colombia University, as well as an advanced certification in software development from New York University.

Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall, co-presidents and co-chief operating officers of KKR, said in a statement: “As a technology veteran with over 20 years of experience in software development, digital transformation, and operations management, Emilia has demonstrated the tremendous value technology can create in multiple industries. Her impressive track record and experience make her an invaluable addition to our leadership team and highly accretive to our Firm. We look forward to leveraging her wealth of knowledge and her passion for technology in making KKR a top technology innovator in the alternative asset management industry.”

“I am honored to participate in this next stage of evolution for KKR, a world-class financial institution where technology and a data driven approach play a central role,” said Sherifova. “There is enormous potential to leverage cutting edge technology and data in a transformative way for this industry and I am very excited to drive this for KKR.”

PE firms are gradually looking to create more chief information and technology roles, as data management and analytics play an increasingly important role in strategy. Check out our analysis of the development of this role here.