ATLANTA, June 10, 2013– Andrew Hamilton, CIO of Cardlytics, Inc., has been named a finalist for the CIO of the Year Awards given each year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. The association describes the Georgia CIO of the Year Awards as “the premier technology executive recognition program in Georgia.” The Awards honor chief information officers, or those in equivalent positions, who demonstrated excellence in managing enterprise-wide information systems. The association names five finalists in categories including Global, Enterprise, Corporate and Non-profit/Public Sector. Andrew Hamilton is a finalist in the Corporate category. Fellow Corporate finalists include CIOs from TRX, Inc., Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, The Rainmaker Group and CardioMEMS, Inc.
Cardlytics is the inventor and leader of card-linked marketing, a burgeoning new industry that uses purchase history to connect buyers and advertisers together. The company was recently awarded a patent for their break-through technology that started the new industry sector. Hamilton co-designed and managed the development of the technology, which inserts targeted marketing offers through online and mobile banking statements. Cardlytics works with some of the largest banks in the country, including Bank of America, PNC Bank and Regions Bank.
Scott Grimes, Cardlytics CEO, says, “We’ve known all along that Andrew is a world-class CIO and Cardlytics is lucky to have him. He’s led the technological advances that have formed a new industry, one that could not have been possible without his innovation and flawless execution. We are all very excited to share in this well-deserved recognition.”
Hamilton has over 20 years experience in software engineering, having begun his technology career as a research developer with IBM in 1988, progressing to the role of senior architect working on government and corporate projects in the USA, New Zealand and the UK. He left IBM to join WebMD where he was technical director responsible for managing the development of the flagship consumer page, content management and news syndication. Prior to joining Cardlytics, Hamilton was a technical director for Intercontinental Exchange. Andrew also independently consults with major health care companies on critical issues surrounding IT security and HIPAA. Hamilton is involved in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and works closely with several local colleges through internship programs and graduate employment opportunities.
Winners of the 2013 CIO of the Year Awards will be announced Nov. 1, at the 15th Annual Georgia CIO of the Year Awards breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Center. Past winners in the Corporate category have included CIOs from Implantable Provider Group, Chartis Insurance, Cobb Energy and Intercontinental Exchange.
Back in 2008, Cardlytics developed a suite of technologies that enabled banks to leverage their power of consumer purchase data, without violating privacy. Why? We saw the emergence of a valuable new channel: online banking and mobile banking. The technology was the first of several innovations that lead to the development of a new sector: card-linked marketing.
This new channel was valuable to three important audiences:
- Financial institutions Providing incremental value to their customers helping them develop stronger relationships and build engagement
- Advertisers A one-to-one advertising medium with both scale and precise targeting
- Consumers helping them save money on the things they buy every day
Since 2008, Cardlytics has been developing new technologies, programs, and services to optimize this opportunity for advertisers, our financial partners, and purchasing consumers. We are a team of analysts, developers, programmers, marketers, account managers and bankers who are creating a new generation of media that consumers can really use.
Cardlytics is a private company with over 250 employees headquartered in Atlanta with offices in London and San Francisco. Our clients are financial institutions and consumer brands. Through our partnerships with nearly 400 financial institutions, including Bank of America, PNC Bank and Regions Bank, we work with thousands of retailers you know, providing millions of marketing offers to consumers across the US, and soon, around the world.