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Issi Saumtally joins Brunswick Group as a Partner and Chief Data Officer

He will lead Brunswick’s efforts to harness data in aid of client advisory.

July 4, 2022 – Brunswick Group, the world’s leading critical issues advisory firm, today announced that Issi Saumtally has joined the firm as a Partner and Chief Data Officer. He is based in the London Office.

Issi is a highly experienced leader in data and analytics. Most recently, he was Chief Data Officer of the UK government’s Cabinet Office, where he was responsible for establishing the department’s new data practice and defining its data strategy. Previously, Issi was Interim Head of Data Strategy and Solution at Three, Head of Architecture at RSA and an Enterprise Data Architect at HSBC. He has also held senior data roles at Barclays, RBS Group, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank and UBS.   

As Brunswick’s first Chief Data Officer, Issi will lead our growing data and analytics capabilities, enhancing the firm’s efforts to harness data and state-of-the-art technologies to identify, track and understand critical issues in the context of clients, at scale. 

Neal Wolin, Chief Executive Officer, said: “At Brunswick, we are committed to using the latest technology advancements to give colleagues data and insights to inform our advice and, in turn, help clients make better decisions. Issi brings a wealth of experience in implementing data and analytics strategies across global organizations. I am delighted that we have created this new role and that Issi is joining the firm to help us continue providing clients with the highest quality advice.”

On joining Brunswick, Issi Saumtally said: “The global data landscape has seen a seismic shift in recent years, and companies are having to adapt and engage with data in new and innovative ways. Brunswick is on an exciting journey to help clients benefit from a step-change in data-enabled decision making. I very much look forward to working with the firm’s network of expert advisors to enhance our ability to deliver strategic intelligence and insights to clients.”

About Issi Saumtally

Most recently, Issi was Chief Data Officer of the UK government’s Cabinet Office, where he was responsible for establishing the department’s new data practice and defining its data strategy. There, he was instrumental in implementing consistent data sharing practices across government departments, including helping to ensure clinically vulnerable people were fed during the height of the COVID-19 crisis.

Prior to that, Issi was Interim Head of Data Strategy and Solution at Three. He has led various large data projects across the retail and investment banking sector, developing data strategies, policies, processes and procedures, while also leading data architectural alignment across business functions. He spent three years at RSA as Head of Architecture and Head of Data Design and has held senior roles at Barclays, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, RBS Group and UBS.

Issi received a BSc in Information Systems and Business Administration with Management Science from the Leicester De Montfort University. He is also recognized as a Data Champion within the DataIQ Top100 most influential people for his work in the Cabinet Office.  

About Brunswick Group

Brunswick is a strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues and critical stakeholders. Our purpose is to help our clients play their role in the world successfully. We advise on critical issues and critical stakeholders at the center of business, politics and society, and help our clients – the leaders of large, complex organizations – understand and navigate these interconnected worlds. Brunswick is one firm globally, operating as a single profit center. This allows us to respond seamlessly and effectively to clients’ needs wherever they are in the world.

For more information, visit: www.brunswickgroup.com

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