James Brenza

James Brenza, President of XDS and board member of the Innovative Leadership Institute, is a thought leader, entrepreneur and author specializing in Information Management and Advanced Analytics. As President of XDS, his work specializes in the application of artificial intelligence to accelerate business results. He is the former Chief Data Officer at The Ohio State University. Through his 25+ years of experience, James has held leadership roles in Financial, Retail, Industrial, Healthcare, Academia and consulting organizations. He has served as an advisory board member and Chief Data Officer at LaborGenome and InXite Health Systems.


  • Organizational strategy
  • Data strategy
  • Business Analytics
  • Machine learning (artificial intelligence)
  • Leadership development and alignment
  • Product definition and competitive positioning
  • Communication planning
  • Agile transformation
  • Information strategy and governance
  • Information Systems Adoption
  • Change leadership
  • Keynote messages on leadership and analytic strategy

Selected Transformation Consultant Impacts:

Together with his highly selective pool of clients and partners, James develops and implements strategies to help them leverage analytics and machine learning to improve business success.

  • State of Ohio Audit – machine learning and analytics
  • IBM – Analytics

Selected Education

  • Ohio State University, Fischer School, MBA Strategy
  • Ohio State University, Fischer School, Bachelor of Science, Finance

 Sample Radio Interviews and Conference Speaking

  • Keynote messages on leadership and analytic strategy

 Selected Publications