Bayne, the founder of business growth platform Alba Arete, replaces Mark Hunter whose three-year tenure in the role recently came to an end.
He joins the centre as it continues to focus on supporting organisations as they seek to better utilise data and AI to inform their future and drive growth.
Previously managing director of Accenture’s Scottish operations, Bayne recently founded Alba Arete, an organisation he says focuses on helping Scottish businesses grow, and helping Scotland to “reach its full potential”.
In his previous role at Accenture, Bayne oversaw a series of acquisitions, including Symantec’s Cyber Security Services business. The firm also acquired Deja vu Security, iDefense, Maglan, Redcore, Arismore and FusionX. Bayne will now bring these leadership skills and expertise across to The Data Lab.
Speaking of Bayne’s new appointment, Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, said: “Scotland is on the precipice of a data and AI-led future which will support organisations of all sizes and across all sectors to make more informed decisions.
“Les is a champion of business and the wider tech sector and, given his depth of experience, I am confident that he will steer The Data Lab’s bold growth ambitions, expanding the excellence of data and AI-driven organisations in Scotland.”
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Commenting on his new role, Bayne commented: “Having supported The Data Lab during my time with Accenture, I have always been an admirer of the centre’s work.
“This is an important moment in time for The Data Lab and I look forward to working closely with Gillian, the board and the wider team to evolve our strategy and ensure that The Data Lab continues to disrupt the status quo, champion those that believe in a data and AI-driven future and help it achieve its full potential.”
Speaking about Bayne replacing Hunter in his previous role, Docherty added: “Mark provided unwavering support over the last three years, and we wish him the very best for the future.”
The hiring of Bayne will allow the innovation centre to further strengthen its executive team after the appointment of Brian Hills as Deputy CEO and Head of Service Design in July last year.
In his new role, Hills is deputising for CEO Gillian Docherty OBE and scaling the innovation centre’s impact across Scotland through the growth of existing services.