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Guardian appoints chief data officer

Guardian News & Media (GNM) has announced the appointment of Catherine Brien as chief data officer.

Guardian appoints chief data officer

Catherine will oversee The Guardian’s data and insights team, leading data strategy across editorial and commercial areas of the organisation, helping The Guardian build a deeper understanding and connection with its readers, as well as using data to inform commercial strategy and operations. As chief data officer, Catherine will be a member of GNM’s executive committee.

Catherine Brien said: “This is an exciting time to join one of the world’s leading digital media organisations. I’m looking forward to shaping a data strategy which benefits our readers and audience, informs Guardian journalism, and helps us to develop and grow our business.”

David Pemsel, chief executive of Guardian Media Group said: “Data is absolutely critical to the achievement of our long-term strategy. Catherine has an impressive track record, and I am confident she will be a huge asset in helping to deliver on both our editorial and commercial goals.”

Catherine has been director of data science at The Co-operative Group since 2016, having previously spent sixteen years at consultancy firm Oliver Wyman, where she worked with a range of clients in the retail, travel and consumer finance sectors on major commercial and operational projects in the UK, Europe and in the US. Catherine became a partner at Oliver Wyman in 2010. She holds an MA in Mathematics.