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  • Ben O’Brien takes the helm as MD of Jaywing’s data science offering across the business

Jaywing has today announced that Ben O’Brien has been promoted to lead the company’s data science arm. The appointment marks Jaywing’s long-held and ongoing commitment to data science.  Data science sits at the heart of the business, delivering heavyweight analytical, ‘big data’ management and data product services.

As part of his new role, O’Brien will head up Jaywing’s 60-strong team of data scientists and risk consultants. The team is responsible for analysing big data and developing complex models and algorithms to reveal unique insight, help run businesses optimally, meet challenging regulatory requirements and create precision in customer experience to achieve significant competitive advantage for its clients. 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, Ben 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.

Ben is an accomplished mathematician with considerable expert knowledge in his field, having worked in risk and data science his entire career.  Prior to working at Jaywing, O’Brien spent five years working for Experian. He joined Jaywing in 2001 and over the last fifteen years has been integral to the growth of the company’s data science offering for clients.

Adrian Lingard, COO, Jaywing 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 and risk 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 risk and data science, he is the perfect choice for the role.”

Ben O’Brien adds: “I am delighted to take on this role at Jaywing. Working in the risk and data science 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 in an environment where they have a substantial team of people to learn from and debate with to deliver new methodologies and hone our craft.  New and ever-evolving technologies mean data science today is exciting, delivers incredible possibilities and is ultimately vital to business success. We already have a well-established data science team that is pushing the boundaries of what data can deliver, meaning Jaywing is positioned perfectly to take advantage of this for its clients.”