Dr. Usama Fayyad was Yahoo!'s chief data officer and executive vice president of Research & Strategic Data Solutions. Fayyad was responsible for Yahoo!'s overall data strategy ad has also founded and currently oversees the Yahoo! Research organization globally.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Fayyad co-founded and led the DMX Group after which he joined Yahoo!’s senior executive team as part of an acquisition of DMX Group by Yahoo! Inc. in 2004.
In early 2000, he co-founded and served as CEO of digiMine Inc. (now Revenue Science, Inc.). His professional experience also includes five years spent leading the data mining and exploration group at Microsoft Research and building the data mining products for Microsoft's server division.
From 1989 to 1996 Fayyad held a leadership role at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where his garnered him the top research excellence award that Caltech awards to JPL scientists, as well as a U.S. Government medal from NASA.
Fayyad earned his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1991), and also holds BSE's in both electrical and computer engineering (1984); MSE in computer science and engineering (1986); and M.Sc. in mathematics (1989). He has published over 100 technical articles in the fields of data mining, Artificial Intelligence and Database Systems, and holds over 20 patents. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), has edited two influential books on the data mining and launched and served as editor-in-chief of both the primary scientific journal in the field and the primary newsletter in the technical community published by the ACM. He is active in the academic community and holds adjunct professor positions in Australia and Hong Kong.