Crowe Appoints Chief Data Science Officer

Justin Bass

Justin Bass

As part of its continued investment in technology and data, Chicago-based Crowe LLP (FY17 net revenue of $809.5 million) recently named Justin Bass to be the firm’s first chief data science officer. In this role, Bass will lead the new data science business unit, which includes more than 20 data scientists.

While the chief data science officer role is common at technology firms, it’s not standard at accounting and consulting firms. “I’m excited for this opportunity and the commitment from Crowe to push forward into this area,” says Bass, who joined Crowe in 2015 as the firm’s only data scientist. “With a team of world-class data scientists, we’ve already set the groundwork and incorporated machine learning into a few solutions in a very short amount of time.”

Bass has extensive experience applying advanced analytic, automation and machine learning techniques to a variety of industries. In his new role, he will continue his focus on adding machine learning capabilities to various Crowe platforms, guiding business leaders on the capabilities of machine learning and structuring a machine learning team capable of working on all projects throughout the firm.

“This is part of the evolution of our innovation strategy, as we look for ways to further tap into the power of data,” says Derek Bang, chief strategy and innovation officer. “The ability to capture and harness the power of data helps our clients manage complex processes more effectively.”