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.