Dr. Ahu Yildirmaz is the head of ADP Research Institute, where she directs economic and human capital management research (HCM). Dr. Yildirmaz founded the Institute to leverage ADP’s massive set of big data and deep expertise across the entire spectrum of HCM to deliver meaningful insights on the labor market and workforce management. The resulting research has helped illuminate the crucial trends shaping today’s working environments. In addition to managing the world-renowned ADP National Employment Report®, Dr. Yildirmaz has been responsible for initiating a number of research assets that have come to be relied upon for timely data in the Marketplace. Among these are the annual ADP Health Benefits Report, which tracks the evolution of the health benefits landscape in the era of the Affordable Care Act and the quarterly ADP Workforce Vitality Report, which offers deep insights into wages and labor market trends beyond employment growth. Dr. Yildirmaz is also responsible for providing ADP’s business units and operations with strategic market insights, and analytics. Throughout her career, Dr. Yildirmaz has approached her research with a global mindset, having lived and worked in Central Asia and Europe. Prior to joining ADP in 2011, Dr. Yildirmaz held a number of roles at Johnson & Johnson and AT&T in the areas of strategy, corporate finance and economic research. She also lectured and taught several macroeconomics and finance classes within the Economics Department at New York University (NYU) and the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Yildirmaz earned a doctorate degree in International Economics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.