Jaywing has promoted Ben O’Brien – who has worked at the company for 15 years – to lead its data science arm, heading up a 60-strong team of data professionals.
O’Brien previously held the role of risk practice director at Jaywing, leading on projects with many of the UK’s largest banks and building societies and utilities companies.
In his new role, he will become the company’s lead for data science across risk, marketing, business intelligence and data management consulting practices, delivering integrated services in conjunction with its agency business.
An accomplished mathematician with considerable knowledge in his field, O’Brien joined Jaywing in 2001 after a five-year spell at Experian.
Rob Shaw, chief executive of Jaywing, UK & Australia, said: “Data science sits at the very heart of everything we do at Jaywing. It is essential for us, our clients and our people that our data science business is run by a commercially astute data scientist and Ben is exactly that.
“With significant breadth and depth across the whole range of data science disciplines, the team is unrivalled in our industry, so this is an important appointment to ensure we continue to be able to demonstrate such a strong heritage in the field. Ben is exceptionally talented and with a long career in data science, he is the perfect choice for the role.”
O’Brien added: “Working in the data industry for over two decades, alongside a team of exceptional mathematicians and technicians, I am completely driven by helping organisations gain value from data. I also love to bang the drum about how to get the best from data scientists.
“New and ever-evolving technologies mean data science today is exciting, delivers incredible possibilities and is ultimately vital to business success.”
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