Andrew Appel is President and Chief Executive Officer of IRI, a leading provider of big data, predictive analytics and forward-looking insights that help CPG, OTC health care organizations, retailers and media companies to grow their businesses. Appel has held several senior leadership positions for Chicago-based professional service firms including Aon, Aon Consulting, Aon Benfield, McKinsey and Company and Accretive Health. Appel holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was the Henry Ford II scholar. He is a board member of World Business Chicago, Insureon, and the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), and has served on two task forces related to resolving the pension shortfalls of the state of Illinois and the City of Chicago. He and his family reside in the Chicagoland area.