Tableau CEO Mark Nelson

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Mark Nelson has decades of his own workout data. An avid runner, he tracks his speed, distance, and the streets and trails he tackles (mainly near his home in the greater Seattle area).

Twenty years ago, he would collect the data with a stopwatch and dump it into a spreadsheet. Now, he’s gathering it through apps such as Strava and Runkeeper, as well as his Garmin smartwatch, and he’s ditched the spreadsheets for software from Tableau, the data-analytics firm he now leads.

Nelson originally joined the company as its head of product development in 2018. In March, he became CEO when Adam Selipsky, the prior chief executive, left to lead Amazon Web Services. But as Nelson described it, he’s been working in the data space his entire career and has thought deeply about how it can guide everything from business decisions to everyday life.

“Data is going to affect every aspect of the human endeavor,” Nelson told Insider during a video call in late May.

It’s that aspect of his personality — his proclivity for thinking about both the technology and the big picture of how it’s applied — that makes him the right person to lead Tableau at this …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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