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Shand’s new role after digital expansion

Douglas ShandThe expansion of PwC’s digital offering has seen the company create its first director of technology and innovation for Scotland, with Douglas Shand taking up the role.

The new position, which will be based in PwC’s Edinburgh office, reinforces the firm’s commitment to its Intelligent Digital strategy. This aims to build partnerships with technology businesses that can both complement the firm’s propositions and deliver innovative solutions to existing and prospective clients.

Mr Shand (pictured) will deliver a technology and investment strategy in Scotland, in addition to driving the six key themes of PwC’s Intelligent Digital strategy. These are Data and Analytics; The Future of Work; Tech for Good; Cyber Security; Accelerate Digital and Technology Impact; and Disruptive Innovation and Emerging Technology.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I’m delighted to become PwC’s first director of technology and innovation, which reinforces our commitment to a rapidly-changing digital environment for business.

“The fact the Scottish role is the first to have been created in the business also highlights how Scotland is at the forefront of our wider Intelligent Digital strategy.”

The role is combined with a UK-wide cyber security development director position as the firm responds to the increasing requirement for technology-driven solutions to address the growing threat of cyber attacks.

Mr Shand joined the firm in 2015 as head of innovation incentives for Scotland having worked in technology for more than 25 years, including as director of innovation at Oracle. In 2017, he spearheaded a strategic alliance and investment with technology incubator Codebase.

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