Barclays has appointed Adam Kelleher as director and chief data scientist for Research. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for building a global team of data scientists with expertise in sourcing, normalizing, and utilizing alternative data sets, the company said in a statement.

Dr. Kelleher joins Barclays from BuzzFeed, where he was principal data scientist; responsible for advancing Buzzfeed’s machine learning and alternative data capabilities.

Dr. Kelleher is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute. He graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Physics and has a PhD in Cosmology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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