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Levi Strauss appoints Katia Walsh as Chief Strategy, AI Officer

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Reinforcing its focus on artificial intelligence in clothing, American clothing brand, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co) has named Katia Walsh as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Artificial Intelligence Officer.

Levi is one of the world’s largest apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear, markedly.

“Levi is more than an iconic company; it’s also an innovation leader across industries. Strategic harnessing of data and machine learning will help position it for its next 165 years, and I look forward to contributing to its continued growth,” averred Katia.

Katia will assume her role from April 29, 2019. Chip Bergh, President and CEO at Levis will be her reporting manager.

“Katia’s expertise in data and analytics, including big data platforms, analytics services, machine learning products, and digital solutions will be essential to setting LS&Co on a course of continued industry leadership,” said Bergh.

Notably, the new AI Chief at Levi holds a Ph.D from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Strategic Communication. She specialises in quantitative methodology.

Katia also holds the tag of UK’s Data Leader of the Year for the past two years by the Women in IT Awards series.

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Most recently, Katia worked with Vodafone, a British multinational telecommunications conglomerate. There, she was the company’s Chief Data and Analytics Officer.

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