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Name: Raghu
Job Title: Director, Behavior Modeling

I received my master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and my PhD in Applied Economics, both from Texas Tech University. My doctoral dissertation was on the use of spatial econometrics for cotton production in West Texas (yes, cotton). I live in the northern suburbs with my wife and two boys. Some of my interests are cricket, the NFL and Game of Thrones.

How is your work and the work of your department meaningful?

I am passionate about my work. It connects me to what I learned in school and gives me an opportunity to keep up to date with the ever-evolving world of analytics. From DFS’s perspective, next-gen Analytics/Modeling is the differentiator between us and our competition. This also jives with our senior leaders’ vision for the next 3 years.

Walk me through a day in the life of working on your team.

I manage Card Marketing, Acquisition and Portfolio models. So, my daily work routine can involve working on targeting new populations to ensuring the right acquisition risk factors are considered to managing our existing customers’ behavior from a portfolio perspective. Apart from that, my favorite part of the day is when I interact with the analytical talent pool in our team and hear their views on how we can solve analytical problems.

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