The Data Lab appoints new Head of Business Development

Mark Wilkinson, Head of Business Development at The Data Lab

THE Data Lab, Scotland’s innovation centre for data and AI, has appointed a new Head of Business Development as it continues its mission to help the country maximise value from data and lead the world to a data-powered future. 

With over 25 years’ experience in senior data and analytic roles within a number of global businesses, Mark Wilkinson joins The Data Lab from Teradata, where he led a multi-disciplinary team to deliver high impact business outcomes for customers through the use of data intelligence. 

Prior to joining Teradata, Mark worked with Experian in multiple leadership roles, heading up teams dedicated to supporting clients in achieving their overall strategic business objectives in both the short and long-term by maximising value from data and analytics.  

Mark brings a wealth of experience in business development and client relationship management, with particular success in achieving high standards of service delivery, developing effective sales teams, increasing sales and profitability as well as product development.  

In his new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of business development, leading a team of executives located across The Data Lab’s key hubs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.  

Mark will be instrumental in helping The Data Lab deliver its mission to maximise the value of data for Scotland and the lead the world to a data-powered future. Mark will help us identify future strategic funding opportunities from both the public and private sectors. He will spearhead collaborations with external partners across industry, public sector, and academia.  

Commenting on his new role, Mark said: “As we all start to plan for life beyond Covid-19, I look forward to joining The Data Lab team, helping tackle the challenges and opportunities that the ‘next normal’ brings to Scotland and our global partners. Data innovation will be key to how we transform; compete and create better lives for our citizens in the new world and Scotland is ideally positioned to be a global leader in this area.” 

“The chance to join such a talented team and help build on their successes to date by embracing and driving their overriding mission to help Scotland maximise value from data is an opportunity that I’m incredibly excited about.” 

Gillian Docherty, CEO, The Data Lab, added: “We are delighted to welcome Mark to The Data Lab team.  Mark’s extensive experience within the world of data and analytics, his wealth of knowledge and drive for collaboration within the industry will prove extremely valuable for our plans in the months and years to come.” 

“As we continue to ensure the data science community is well served by delivering more value, skills, and expertise as well as identifying key areas of growth to unlock Scotland’s potential as a global leader in data innovation, Mark will play a vital role in supporting our ongoing growth plans, investing in our clients with time and consideration.”  

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