Michael Collela

Michael Collela

Senior Director of Global Data Strategy and Analytics, AXS

Michael is a seasoned business and engineering leader, currently working as AXS’ Senior Director of Global Data Strategy and Analytics, where he leads business intelligence, analytics engineering and web analytics for the US, Canada and Japan. He is a regular speaker at Snowflake, dbt labs and Google technology conferences and events. 


Michael also teaches AI and Data Science for Leaders as well as Python Programming for Data Science at the University of Chicago. He guest lectures in the Generative AI courses at both the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York City.


Prior to working at AXS, Michael was a chief data scientist and technology leader at the Boston Consulting Group through Gamma (Retail Catalyst), their advanced analytics and AI powerhouse. 


Michael started his career doing genetics as well as cognitive and behavioral neuroscience research, eventually falling in love with data science – since making that career change, he has never looked back. 


Michael has held various senior leadership roles within analytics, including leading global analytic innovation at Kraft Heinz and functioning as the Chief Data Scientist at Upshop. 


He has a passion for helping organizations find ways to leverage advanced analytics to hit their financial and marketing goals, scale with success and make AI real for business. 


He is a graduate from the University of Chicago and has completed post-graduate work at both MIT and Northwestern. He is currently completing his executive “Tech MBA” at Columbia University in New York City.


In his free time, Michael studies foreign languages, salsa dances and travels the world. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese, as well as some Gujarati and German. Michael is a proud US and Italian citizen.


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