Andrew Parker – Former Vice President, Data
Andrew Parker is the former vice president of data for the California Times, comprised of the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and a portfolio of community and lifestyle publications. He left in September 2020.
Parker joined The Times in 2019 and focused on data resources and strategy for the newsroom and the company’s various business units. He oversaw data science and infrastructure, leading audience research as well as targeting and segmentation efforts to help optimize user experience, subscriber acquisition and customer retention. The team he ran is responsible for developing data-driven tools and metrics and providing insights and analysis, while also training journalists to become experts in online reader engagement.
With more than 15 years’ experience, Parker has held several leadership positions in software and data engineering for major technology and multimedia companies, including Netflix, Google, Red Bull Media House, ZipRecruiter, General Assemb.ly and Post Intelligence. Earlier in his career, he helped engineer software and satellite communications for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, while completing his doctorate in computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before that, he worked in data research at Microsoft after receiving a bachelor of science degree from MIT.