SINGAPORE—January 20, 2012—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced the appointment of John Chen as managing director of China. He previously served as the company’s head of sales in China, and has been the acting managing director for the past six months.
Mr. Chen joined FICO in 2000 as an analyst in the United States, where he was instrumental in the development of FICO’s advanced optimization methodology. He relocated to China in 2004 as the analytic presales director for Asia Pacific, and helped to open the FICO China office in early 2007. Mr. Chen has taken on increasing levels of responsibility ever since, and has played a critical role in bringing FICO solutions to many leading companies in China, including 10 top banks.
“John has a well-deserved reputation as an innovative analytic practitioner and valued thought leader in the Chinese financial services industry,” said Dan McConaghy, president, FICO Asia Pacific. “He will lead our team in providing global best practices and innovative analytic solutions that help our clients grow profitably and sustainably amidst global economic uncertainty.”
“We’re committed to being a trusted advisor to our clients, from the major banks that we work with in China today, to the smaller banks and insurers we’re beginning to serve,” said Chen. “Chinese companies need the latest and best analytic solutions to apply sharper forecasts of consumer behavior and improve business decisions. This is what we do. FICO gives banks, insurance companies and other organizations an analytic advantage, which will prove even more important for 2012 as financial services institutions struggle with global economic uncertainty and regulatory change.”
In addition to his long tenure with FICO, Chen has authored two books on credit in China, Credit Scoring and Modern Credit Card Management. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Beijing University.
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