Boston, MASS. – May 8, 2017 – DataXu, a leading provider of programmatic marketing solutions, today announced that co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer Sandro Catanzaro has been named the High-tech Entrepreneur of the Year by the Immigrant Learning Center of Malden, Massachusetts.
“Innovation spans all nationalities, races and cultures, which is a philosophy I’ve carried throughout my career,” said Catanzaro. “As an immigrant to the United States, I’ve seen firsthand how true this is in every business I’ve led, especially at DataXu where Innovation has come from embracing our global workforce and their perspectives and experiences. I’m truly thrilled to receive this accolade from the Immigrant Learning Center, and believe that Massachusetts knowledge economy success is in no small part derived from its open arms to entrepreneurs from all origins.”
As DataXu’s Chief Innovation Officer, Catanzaro, a native of Peru, focuses on some of DataXu’s newest and most exciting initiatives, including the burgeoning use of programmatic marketing technology across linear, connected and addressable TV. Prior to co-founding DataXu, Sandro held positions at Bain & Company and NASA, where he straddled the worlds of science and business strategy. He holds a MS from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a MS from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a BS from the University of Buenos Aires. Prior to attending MIT, he launched five businesses in South America, including a CPG company that was acquired by Unilever. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
“The selection committee for this year’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for High-Tech Business faced a major challenge choosing one winner from the dozen of impressive nominees,” explained Diane Portnoy, The Immigrant Learning Center founder and CEO. “Each one is an important reminder of the benefits to our society from attracting the best and brightest from around the world. Sandro Catanzaro stands out as a shining example of a determined business leader who came to America to establish something lasting and meaningful, which he certainly has done at DataXu, and gave back by mentoring so many other budding entrepreneurs.
The 2017 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards honor outstanding Massachusetts immigrant entrepreneurs in four categories: business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech business and life science business. The ceremony featured speakers such as Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash and special guest speaker Jeff Bussgang, general partner at Flybridge Capital and co-chair of the Global Entrepreneur in Residence program.
“DataXu is a global company,and we’ve long embraced the idea that our talent and team will not be limited to those living within any single political boundary,” said DataXu co-founder and CEO Mike Baker. “Over the last eight years, Sandro has been a trusted colleague, leader and friend, and I speak for all of us at DataXu when I say we’re delighted and proud to celebrate this achievement with him.”