Randy Bean, Founder and CEO, NewVantage Partners

Randy Bean is a noted author, speaker, and thought-leader in the field of data-driven business transformation.

He is founder and chief executive of NewVantage Partners, a strategic advisory firm which he founded in 2001. Prior to founding NewVantage, Bean was a founding executive at Wheelhouse, a Kleiner Perkins backed CRM firm, Chief Marketing Officer at Veridiem, a Northbridge backed CRM firm, and senior vice president at Harte-Hanks Data Technologies, a pioneer in database marketing and CRM, where he was a member of the operating committee during a 10-year tenure. He began his career in IT and Strategic Planning at Bank of Boston (now Bank of America).

Bean is a recognized thought-leader in the areas of Big Data, AI, and data-driven business innovation. He is known for his frequent writing in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. As a writer and commentator, Bean is known for his observations on business innovation and data ethics. He has written on the business and social consequences and impact of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Bean has been active in civic and philanthropic activities for nearly three decades. He was named in 2016 to the National Council Board of the College of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and previously served on the university’s National Council Board for University Libraries and Special Collections from 2010-2016. Bean has served since 2010 on the board of The James Merrill House and Writer-in-Residence Program in Stonington, CT, where he serves as Program Chair for its nationally recognized Writers-in-Residence Program. He also serves on the National Technical Advisory Board for Year Up, the 2025 Advisory Board for DataKind, and on the board of directors of the Stonington Historical Society. Bean is founder and executive director of the Big Data for Social Justice Foundation, a non-profit foundation established in 2016 with the goal of raising awareness for data-driven social good initiatives.

Bean obtained a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1978, where he studied literature and history. Bean and his wife Elizabeth (Beth) Black are the parents of two grown sons, and currently reside in Boston, MA and Stonington, CT. Bean enjoys travel, reading, cultural events, and outdoor activities.

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