Michael Baraz


Passionate, innovative, curious, information professional defining and aligning strategy, capabilities, security, and privacy, and leading and motivating people to deliver successful, high value/high impact outcomes. Combining pragmatic business acumen with technical savvy as a thought leader, transforming and implementing scalable global information governance and quality, strategy and architecture, information management, advanced analytics, cloud platforms using proven and emerging technologies driving top line and bottom-line impacts in insurance, banking, financial, real estate, health, utilities, energy, and safety organizations.

Core Competencies

ü Strategy and Roadmap

ü Business Intelligence

ü Data Governance Program

ü Data Privacy and Security

ü Cloud Security and Computing

ü Data Quality and Profiling

ü Metadata and Glossary Management

ü Master Data Management

ü AWS and Azure Cloud Analytics Platform

ü Digital Transformation Leadership

ü Team Building and Development

ü Agile Scrum Project Management

ü Portfolio and Program Management

ü Stakeholder Engagement

ü Ideation and Funding Projects

Professional Experience

Head of Global Finance Data Office (consultant)                                                                          April 2020 – current

Walgreens Boots Alliance | Deerfield, IL

As part of the Finance transformation program to enable implementation of SAP in all 9,000 retail stores and the Finance Data Lake for executive leadership dashboards and reporting. Created data strategy, governance, and management program, executive data council, “citizen data” stewardship, enriched business glossary, provenance/data lineage, data quality, master data management, security and privacy, compliance, and other uses. Implemented value-based demand management process for intake, evaluation, prioritizing, funding, and staffing initiatives. Acquired and implemented a data catalog and data quality tools for business glossary, business rules, data quality rules, etc. Accelerated financial modeling, analytics, and other data consumers time-to-value with monetization and innovative data products.

Designed program to increase time-to-insights, time-to-value, and time-to-market. Program in partnership with FP&A and Tax to cut 30,000 hours off report production and 10,000 hours off preparation of returns, respectively, bringing more than $7M in savings.

Global Head of Data Governance and Data Quality                                                           June 2019 – February 2020

AXIS Capital | Chicago, IL

Reported to Chief Data Officer. Reorganized enterprise data governance and quality functions creating a hybrid enterprise/federated operating model. Established relationships with line-of-business functions and created workgroups to bring value to data, aligning and negotiating within and across LOBs and project teams. Created and developed data governance framework. Led team to qualify, assess, negotiate, and purchase Collibra as a strategic data governance tool to define, catalog, automate processes, profile, lineage diagram, data policies, data sharing agreements, and orchestrate group goals and execution, for internal and external (third-party) data. Instituted performance metrics for governance and quality functions to validate success. Created issues management processes and tools. Supported Data Protection Officer to identity and tag sensitive data for regulatory (GDPR, CCPA, et al) compliance. Created service for all common reference data using MDM hub for publisher/subscriber distribution and real-time web-services access; oversee prioritization by business value. Successes of data initiatives improved efficiencies of top-level financial operations saving 11,500 hours annually.

VP, Head of Information Architecture and Data Management                                       April 2016 – September 2018

Gallagher Bassett Services | Rolling Meadows, IL

Reported to Chief Architect. Responsible for the vision and strategy for the management of all information assets, to enable high-value data consumers and for the architecture, security, and implementation of hybrid on-premises and multi-cloud platforms. Assure HIPAA and GDPR compliance in our claims, payer, and third-party administration in worker's compensation (healthcare), commercial and personal lines. Prepare readiness for CCPA.

Created data governance program to support “citizen data” stewardship, enriched business glossary, provenance/data lineage, analytics on data usage, profiling, security and privacy, compliance, and other uses. Responsible for proposing, securing funding, and staffing project. This approach accelerated realization of modelers, analytics, and other data consumers time-to-market with monetization and innovative data products.

Created cloud data strategy and led design of a FISMA moderate cloud architecture to support a data lake from internal and external sources on AWS using machine learning/artificial intelligence, and text analytics. Full build-out creates a hybrid solution with AWS, Microsoft Azure, and on-premises platforms with identity management, single-sign on, and virtualized access services via web services and direct access. Responsible for proposing, securing funding, and staffing project. Led vendors teams implementing architecture. Co-lead on building microservice architecture to exchange data within and with trading partners.

Participate in Object Management Group Insurance Working Group to create industry reference models and metadata assets.

Technology Strategy Lead (Consultant)                                                                                March 2015 – March 2016

State Farm Bank | Bloomington, IL

Organized and led a team to create an information technology strategy that would create bank’s first Technology Strategy Office to govern operational, compliance, analytics, and business performance management systems. Developed a roadmap that specified implementing an application integration hub, synchronizing customer information and their transactions across the various banking service offerings on the various vendor-managed platforms. The goal was to create a single pane of glass that a customer would see all their current account information in real-time.

Enterprise Information Architect (Consultant)                                                                     May 2014 – February 2015

Underwriters Laboratories, LLC | Northbrook, IL      

Led architecture for a complete digital transformation, converting more than 100 years of engineering safety tests to a library capable of generating engineers with guidance for new client product testing. This would save weeks of engineering to develop test plans and increase turn-around to customers by 5-10 times. This delighted customers by enabling them to bring products to market much more quickly and substantially decreased their costs. My team and I developed an Enterprise Information Architecture to achieve the vision for engineers to mine and leverage historical customer product test results stored in various unstructured text and scanned-image documents in a Big Data Hub to unlock and maximize reuse in customer product testing and component library and analytics. Identified information capability gaps, defined and aligned Information Architecture with other Enterprise Architecture disciplines, i.e. Integration Architecture, Application Architecture and Technical Architecture, and the management and governance.

Enterprise Information Architect (Consultant)                                                                            June 2012 – May 2014

JLL | Lombard, IL      

Reported to Chief Technology Officer. Developed an information strategy and vision for aligning corporate business strategy for global enterprise with strategic and line-of-business applications, master data management (MDM), data integration, data virtualization, metadata management, and governance, to allow operations teams to work across accounts teams and platform. Working closely with CIO, develop IT innovation strategy, gap analysis, roadmap, business case development and investment decisions and support frequent mergers and acquisition. Led the architecture for MDM and Data Integration hub synchronizing major line-of-business and enterprise applications enabling and optimizing Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Property and Markets with multiple global mission-critical applications.

Data Governance Lead (Consultant)                                                                                     October 2011 – June 2012

BP U.S. Pipeline and Logistics | Naperville, IL

Responsible for developing the information strategy and vision for aligning corporate business strategy for global enterprise with strategic and line-of-business applications, master data management (MDM), data integration, data virtualization, metadata management, data quality and profiling, data modeling and data governance. Working closely with leadership, define IT strategy, gap analysis, roadmap, business case development and investment decisions, and support frequent mergers and acquisition.

Data Governance Program Lead (Consultant)                                                                February 2011 – October 2011

Bank of the West, BNP Paribas | San Francisco, CA    

Reported to Chief Risk Officer. Worked with line of business leaders to align business strategies and objectives with development of a data strategy to enable regulatory and operational management and analytics requirements. Defined and prioritized business needs and requirements for EDW for credit risk and Basel II compliance. Used COBIT compliance framework for auditability, security, risk management and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). Developed Master Data Management approach using a federated model, create proof-of-concept. Led business and EDW team to put data governance around financial, operational and derived data elements. Created conformed semantic model based on risk architecture and business intelligence with analytics needs.

Data Strategy Principal                                                                                                 August 2010 – December 2010

Maven Wave Partners LLC | Chicago, IL        

Data Strategy for Nike, a leading consumer-products company. Co-lead in a business-driven strategic blueprint for technology-based services that provide deep insights to consumer preferences and behaviors based on inferences, affinities and correlations.

Data Management Lead for CIT Bank, a commercial banking institution. Performed end-to-end assessment of the enterprise and business units' operational and reporting applications and data architecture. Created a Data Governance program with an executive council governing people, processes and tools to manage Metadata Management, Data Quality and Master Data Management. Enterprise data governance program assures data would be managed in a way that assured accuracy, timeliness and integrity.

Enterprise Architect/Data Strategy (Consultant)                                                              February 2010 – August 2010

American Access Casualty Company| Oakbrook Terrace, IL    

Developed strategic capabilities within the IT department, advance the maturity of the department to provide scalability in systems, improve software development methods to ensure best practices in application and data architecture for future capabilities and growth. Designed new application server platform architecture with failover and load-balancing as well as improve network and application security. Developed new application architecture using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) via web services. Developed master data management (MDM) architecture.

Senior Principal Data Architect                                                                                 November 2007 – February 2010

STA Group | Chicago, IL

Enterprise Information Architect consultant to Aetna Insurance, Hartford, CT. Responsible for defining IT strategy and architecture in terms of the enterprise capabilities in full lifecycle of use of data, assessing the current state, developing a future state architecture. Created blueprints for Quote and Rating, Claims and auto-adjudication/auto-pay domains application refreshes. Used MEGA enterprise architecture modeling tool to capture data architecture and relate to systems. Created conceptual and logical models, used Universal Data Model reference model.

Data Architect consultant to State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, IL. Enabled enterprise Data Model management for entity-relational diagrams for transactional systems and star schema models for data warehouses, defined logical model standards, defined physical model standards. Created and delivered course to select Data Warehouse team members, Agile for Data Professionals to improve, evangelize Agile to data teams.


Collibra Data Governance Center multiple certificates, 2020-2021

AWS Well-Architected Certificate, 2019

Certified Information Security Specialist, Data Management Institute, 2018

Certified Data Protection Specialist, Data Management Institute, 2018

Post-Graduate Studies in Data Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2014-2016

Post-Graduate Studies in Big Data, University of California, San Diego, 2015-2016

Scrum Master, Scrum Alliance, 2010

TOGAF Enterprise Architect Certification, The Open Group Architecture Foundation, 2005

Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1989

Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA), Finance and Management Information Systems (majors), Computer Science (minor), Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1985