Merkle appoints new head of analytics practice

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Global data-driven performance marketing agency, Merkle, has promoted Ben Gott to lead its rapidly expanding analytics practice across EMEA.

Gott will be based out of the company's London office.

Merkle’s mission is to enable orchestrated and valuable customer interactions across all marketing and service touchpoints. This, the firm said, can only be achieved through mastery of data, analytics and the customer identity. 

This in turn requires a mingling of skills from pure data science to experience professionals in the martech integration industry.

Bringing together the existing analytics teams from Merkle’s performance media agency and customer analytics business across EMEA, Gott’s new role responds to the increasingly sophisticated and fast changing data and technology landscape, the firm said. 

This newly integrated team will include: 150+ data scientists; 50+ engineers; and 500+ business analysts and strategists all dedicated to helping clients understand how to harness the data they have. 

It brings together an unrivalled depth and breadth of experience to offer Merkle’s clients a full suite of data and analytics services; from data science and engineering to analytics-tech and data strategy consulting. 

Central to this drive is the core promise of cloud computing platforms to enable fast access to data with unlimited scale and a low-cost relative to legacy solutions. 

Merkle is partnering with key cloud focussed businesses to provide custom toolkits and analytics at scale for the Merkle and Dentsu client base.

Gott will report directly into Michael Komasinski, president of Merkle EMEA.

Commenting on his appointment Gott said: “We have created several exciting analytical service offerings with clear value adds for Merkle and its clients. 

“I look forward to working with the incredible talent we have to make Merkle Analytics a unique and scaled proposition in EMEA. 

“My vision is that this unit will drive Merkle’s solution development and elevate the Dentsu Aegis Network’s data, tech and analytics capabilities.”

Michael Komasinski president of Merkle EMEA, added: “Ben’s ethos is rooted in the idea that everything is measurable and analytics is a powerful source of competitive advantage. 

“This, and his phenomenal expertise in building an analytics business and driving value for clients through marketing performance, has been a key part in the growth of Merkle’s UK operations. 

“It was therefore clear he was the right man for this job. I’m eager to see what Ben can do with an elevated platform for both his personal development and overall business growth.”

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