Wells Fargo (WFC) has named A. Charles Thomas to the newly created position of chief data officer.

Thomas joins Wells Fargo from USAA, where he was chief data and analytics officer. Before that, he led USAA's research and analytics team as well as its market strategy team.

In his new role at Wells Fargo, Thomas will manage the company's data strategy, finding ways to use data to improve risk management and customer service. He will join the San Francisco-based company in early March, reporting to chief information officer Kevin Rhein.

"With more than 15 years of experience in data and analytics, [Thomas] brings an expertise and vision that will help us further our goals of evolving and improving services we have, or developing new ones based on using information in smart ways for our customers benefit," Rhein said.