Polly Mitchell-Guthrie


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Polly is the VP of Industry Outreach and Thought Leadership at Kinaxis, a supply chain and analytics software company. Previously, she was Director of Analytical Consulting Services within Enterprise Analytics and Data Sciences at the University of North Carolina Health Care System. She worked many years at SAS, most recently as Senior Manager of the Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison Group in R&D, where her team served as a bridge between R&D and external customers and internal SAS divisions. Before that she was Director of the SAS Global Academic Program, leading SAS’ outreach to colleges and universities worldwide to incorporate SAS into their teaching. Polly began her career at SAS in Strategic Investments and later served in Alliances, after working in the nonprofit sector in philanthropy and social services. She has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her BA in Political Science as a Morehead Scholar. Within INFORMS, she has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Secretary of the Analytics Society and for many years was on the ad hoc committee planning the Executive Forum.