Patel, who is also a partner with PwC, will lead the firm’s recently created data office PwC UK’s digital upskilling programme, which is set to provide 22,000 staff across the UK with the digital skills required for the future.
With over 30 years of experience in the digital transformation space, Patel’s appointment reflects PwC’s business ambitions going forward after the pandemic.
On his appointment, Patel said: “I am hugely excited to be appointed PwC UK’s first Chief Data Officer. Data is intrinsic in everything we do, and using it responsibly is essential to making informed business decisions and creating more value for our clients.
“While it’s been clear for some time that the future of work is changing, the events of the last year have only confirmed that. The use of technology in its various forms is accelerating, including AI, machine learning and robotic process automation.”
He added: “Data is crucially at the heart of all of this. Building a data-driven culture and increasing data literacy for all of our staff is key to the growth of our business.”