President & Principal Strategist
The Vagner Group, LLC
Oliver Vagner leads The Vagner Group, LLC, an independent consulting firm specializing in helping companies in the restaurant, retail, and consumer products and goods industries develop and implement strategies to leverage data to make better decisions. In addition to the practical elements of planning and implementing analytics strategy, Oliver has been a thought leader in the industry use of artificial intelligence, AI ethics, and data privacy.
Throughout his career, Oliver has built a comprehensive background in data analytics, with more than 20 years of consulting experience spanning multiple industry verticals. Before founding The Vagner Group, Oliver was general manager for consumer engagement at NCR where he led efforts to use data to drive better outcomes in consumer engagement technologies, such as loyalty and marketing.
Oliver has held other data analytics roles such as senior director of consumer insights and analytics at TGI Fridays, director of enterprise data services at Cox Automotive, and chief architect for cloud solutions at Revolution Analytics. Oliver was involved in the early efforts to use data to drive in-store digital content during his time at Solution Forge, LLC, where he oversaw digital merchandising and analytics for food service, retail companies. Previously, Oliver served as a solution architect for Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he developed high-performance database solutions for OLTP and OLAP and was on the forefront of implementing MPP and NoSQL data analytics solutions. Prior to that, Oliver was a senior manager at Manugistics, Inc., where he led a team to deliver advanced forecasting, leveraging econometric models in the retail and CPG space.