Straive Names Ankor Rai As CEO


Ankor Rai, a seasoned data technology leader, has been named as Straive's new CEO. Straive (previously known as SPI Global) is a leader in providing technology-driven data/AI solutions for EdTech, Research, and Information Services to top worldwide organisations. BPEA EQT, a subsidiary of the EQT Group and a purpose-driven global investment company that specialises in active ownership techniques, is the owner of Straive.

Ratan Datta, who oversaw Straive for more than ten years, the last seven as President and CEO, is succeeded by Ankor. Ratan will continue to serve on Straive's board of directors and take on the responsibilities of vice chairman beginning on May 1 in order to assist in the changeover to Ankor.

Ankor joins Straive from EXL, where he held the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer and was a member of the Executive Committee. Ankor has developed high-impact solutions for Fortune 1000 firms across North America, the UK, and Asia for more than 20 years, driving the creation of high-value data-led tech businesses. Ankor assisted EXL in transforming its analytics division from a specialised practise to a full-stack powerhouse.  

"Over the last 15 years, Ratan has greatly influenced the company's growth and diversification. The transformation he has brought in the company's strategy and structure leaves Straive positioned well for the future. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to thank Ratan for his exceptional leadership at Straive. Ankor brings an outstanding track record of building customer-centric data, analytics, and AI businesses to service clients across sectors and geographies. I am excited to welcome Ankor to the firm, and I look forward to working with Ankor, complemented by our talented leadership team, to take Straive to new heights," said Josh Blair, Chairman of the Board.

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