SAS appoints VP, Corporate Affairs, Europe and Asia Pacific

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 06, 2010

appointmentSAS, the business analytics software and services provider has appointed Neena Gill as the vice president of corporate affairs for the European and Asia Pacific regions. This role requires Gill to help the national governments in these regions identify innovative ways to transform their IT systems with SAS Business Analytics. She will report directly to Mikael Hagström, executive vice president for SAS Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, and will initially spend the majority of her time in New Delhi, India.

“India is focused on revamping its technology infrastructure so that it can improve the quality of life for its citizens. Part of this transformation will require better managing, analyzing and reporting on the vast amounts of valuable data that will help drive strategies and key programs for fostering technological innovation and collaboration throughout the country. As VP of Corporate Affairs, Neena will have an integral role in positioning SAS within this transformation to help global governments understand how to use business analytics as a competitive differentiator,” commented Hagström.

Gill joins SAS after spending the past 10 years as a member of European Parliament including three years as the President of the European Parliament delegation for relations with India, five years as the President of the South Asia delegation and two years as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“In my role, I will help national government agencies in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and Asia Pacific understand how analytics can enable them to not only participate, but in some cases pioneer, social transformation initiatives for the new digital age. I look forward to applying my knowledge of European public policy and my passion for key issues such as healthcare, education and the environment to support public sector groups ready for change,” remarked Gill.

“Analytics is emerging as a strategic area of investment in the government space in India. We believe that the combination of SAS’ suite of analytical offerings for the government domain and the rich experience of Neena will bring in significant value to the government organizations in India,” stated Sudipta Sen, SAS India Country Manager.