Barclays Bank has hired a data scientist from BuzzFeed with a brief to build a global team of number crunchers with expertise in using alternative data sets in the bank's research franchise.
Based in New York and operating under the title of director and chief data scientist for research, Adam Kelleher is charged with sniffing out fresh talent from across the business world and acquiring new alternative data sources for investment decisioning.
Kelleher joins Barclays from BuzzFeed, where he was principal data scientist, leading various initiatives around data pipeline development, research methodology, and advertisement effectiveness.
Jon Scoffin, co-head of research at Barclays, comments: “Adam’s arrival underscores our commitment to investing in alternative data capabilities. He will play an important role in further strengthening our engagement with clients, as they experiment with how to incorporate new sources of data into their investment process.”