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Ann Kono, Partner, Chief Information Officer, and Risk Officer at Ares Management

July 03, 2017

Among other topics, Ann discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The interplay of Ann’s dual role as Chief Information Officer and Chief Risk Office
  • Data as the primary driver of success
  • Using technology to separate the signal from the noise in data
  • Balancing innovation and risk with a two-bucket approach
  • Creating a collaborative culture to increase innovation
  • Learning from people outside of your industry
  • The talent challenge
  • Eye on the trends: unified communications, robotics and natural language processing, and data management


Ann Kono is Partner, Chief Information Officer, and Risk Officer at Ares Management, a $2 billion global alternative asset management firm. Ann is responsible for Technology, Investment Operations, and Enterprise Risk Management for the firm.

Prior to joining Ares Management, Ann served as Head of Global Application Delivery at Western Asset Management, and as Head of Software Development for a startup that specialized in building high traffic commerce sites.

Ann has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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