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2014

Piers Drake

Digital and social director, EMEAI

WD

Piers Drake is incredibly adaptable. He joined Sony as a Japanese-speaking economics graduate, rising to become digital content head at Sony Europe, before joining Samsung. Drake jointly ran a campaign to take Samsung from top 50 to the number one brand on Facebook in Europe. He also launched a crowdsourcing site to design and build a performance car, after he spent two years as head of marketing for Caterham Cars. He is now building a new regional digital team and hub in London and implementing a digital transformation programme for hard disk manufacturer WD.

Biggest challenge: "Not enough data, too much data, data that's too big and data that's too small. Digital marketing needs 100 times more skilled data scientists than we currently have."

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