Karl Hightower

SVP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Novant Health

Karl is a transformative leader at the helm of Novant Health’s Information Management, Cognitive Computing, and Analytics departments. With over 25 years of extensive experience, he is a recognized innovator and problem solver, driving the strategic use of Big Data, AI, and Digital Products. His teams are the force behind the remarkable care delivered to the patients and communities, equipping Novant Health to stay ahead of the curve in embracing next-generation technologies like Blockchain, Web 3.0, and Quantum Computing.

Throughout his career, Karl has navigated diverse industries from retail, finance, energy trading, telecommunications, to manufacturing and supply chain. His strategic leadership and visionary initiatives have resulted in new teams, operating models, and game-changing strategies across these industries. Each sector has expanded his knowledge and broadened his skillset, making him a versatile asset capable of driving enterprise-wide changes.

Karl’s expertise lies in harnessing the power of data and AI to amplify business processes. He is renowned for designing cross-enterprise information management programs, architecting real-time decision support systems, and leading the enterprise-wide adoption of Master Data Management. His ability to leverage both industry-specific and non-industry technology generates notable business advantages, positioning him as a leader in the field. Karl’s proficiencies also extend to public speaking and thought leadership, application research and positioning, and the creation of governance boards to ensure regulatory compliance.