Two Key Leaders Complete OTDI Leadership Team

In September, Lynne Sanbe and CK Bhatia will join The Ohio State University as Chief Applications Officer and Chief Data Integrations Officer.

Lynne joins Ohio State from Temple University, where she has served as Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services, Applications, and Data since 2007. She has a deep understanding of large ERP systems and the complexities of smaller, homegrown systems. In addition, she has a strong commitment to transparency, cross-team collaboration, and finding creative solutions to challenging problems. As the Chief Applications Officer, Lynne will lead new technology implementations, upgrades, and operational strategies for university-wide administrative systems. Further, the Chief Applications Officer manages systems development, maintenance, configuration, incidents, and requests for existing ERP systems and other administrative systems, which include COTS, SAAS, Mobile, and custom applications. She will work closely with stakeholders to ensure systems maximize effectiveness, efficiency, and quality to take full advantage of available technology.

CK joins the university from Farm-Credit Mid-America, a financial services company where he served as the Chief Data Officer. CK is an innovative strategic thinker with over 20 years of experience in data-driven decision-making and cross-team collaboration. His background in healthcare, financial services, telecom, and marketing has prepared him for the complexities of a large institution such as Ohio State. As the Chief Data Integrations Officer (CDIO), CK will be charged with uplifting the data maturity of the university to become more disciplined in its approach to how data is collected, stored, and used and providing modern and scalable data infrastructure. In addition, as CDIO, CK will be a key participant in strategic technology collaborations with university stakeholders, intra-university groups, and consortiums.

In their roles, Lynne and CK will collaborate with other OTDI leaders, key business partners, and the OSU Wexner Medical Center Chief Information Officer to optimize Administrative Systems across the University and Medical Center. Additionally, they will work to ensure the development and management of data repositories, an integrated enterprise data warehouse, and decision support applications enabling data users to access timely critical information to support strategic and tactical decision-making. Finally, in campus-wide collaboration with IT and business leaders, they will drive the definition and adoption of Application and Data Management strategies to align process and practice with the university’s strategic plan.

Both of these roles will report to Cindy Leavitt, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and serve as members of the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation (OTDI) Senior Leadership Team.