About Columbus Collaboratory

Columbus Collaboratory is a rapid innovation company founded by leading companies in seven different industries that delivers business value through advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions. Our unique model surfaces shared, complex challenges, and operationalizes cognitive and machine-learning technologies for our collaborating companies and the broader market. We make this possible by capitalizing on the collective know-how possessed by our team, our Collaborators, and our partners.

How Columbus Collaboratory Delivers Value

Account Management

Our intimate relationship with our Collaborators is paramount to success. We assign champions to work within your business to identify and report on project success. We establish a delivery plan that coordinates with strategic initiatives where our team can deliver effective wins.

Operational Enhancers

The key to our success is collaboration. Our unique model drives value through collaborative security and analytics working groups designed to improve collective maturity and individual competency, and share in a confidential environment not available outside of Columbus Collaboratory. Our subject matter experts deliver sessions, facilitate group collaboration, and enhance your business through services engagements.

Products, Services, and Innovations

Our products, services, and innovations are available to your organization to leverage internally. Our Collaborators are also free to enhance the library of use cases, business cases and IP within their business through us or on their own.

Partner Ecosystem

We leverage the scope and scale of our collaborating companies to accelerate the potential value inherent within our partner ecosystem. Collaborating companies will immediately benefit from instant access to partner technologies, pre-negotiated terms, and the collective use of capabilities that enhance operations through network effects.

How and Why Columbus Collaboratory Was Founded

The inspiration for Columbus Collaboratory grew out of a desire to grow high technology jobs and develop the technology ecosystem within the central Ohio region. Originally conceived by champions within the founding companies as well as the Columbus Partnership, Columbus 2020, and other key stakeholders, the company was established in 2014 to address challenges common to its founders in the areas of advanced analytics, cybersecurity, and talent. Its goals are simple: while creating operational benefits from innovation and applying common solutions to shared challenges, commercialize solutions to create a company that can endure, benefit the region, and thrive in the new tech economy.

Columbus Collaboratory Leadership


Matt Wald

President & CEO


Brad Ashbrook

VP, Finance and Admin & CFO


Ben Blanquera

VP, Delivery and Experience


Jeff Schmidt

VP, Chief Cyber Security Innovator


Brian Sampsel

VP, Chief Analytics Innovator


Phillip Bronsdon

VP, Chief Technology Officer

Member Companies & Board of Managers

American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

Greg Filipkowski
Vice President, Information Technology

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries.

David White
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Cardinal Health is a $103 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. It helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. It is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, and operates the nation’s largest network of radiopharmacies.

Brian Rice
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Customer Support Services
Cardinal Health

Huntington Bancshares Inc. is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with $104 billion of assets and a network of more than 966 branches and more than 1,848 ATMs across eight Midwestern states. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services.

Paul Heller
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer

L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company. The company operates 3,003 company-owned specialty stores in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional non-company-owned locations worldwide. The company’s products are also available online. L Brands is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Brian Leinbach
EVP and Chief Information Officer
L Brands

A Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance.

Jim Fowler
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, award-winning, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Serving communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

Michael Krouse
Chairman of the Board

Senior Vice President & Chief Transformation Officer

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