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Barclays snags BuzzFeed's top data scientist for global research

(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc hired Adam Kelleher from BuzzFeed Inc. to build a new global team of data scientists to support the company’s research department.

Kelleher will be based in New York and report to Jeff Meli, co-head of research, Barclays spokeswoman Brittany Berliner confirmed. His title will be director and chief data scientist for research.

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A logo for a Barclays Plc bank branch sits on a sign in London, U.K., on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Barclays is considering Dublin for their EU base to ensure continued access to the single market, said people familiar with the plans,asking not to be named because the plans aren't public. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

He was most recently BuzzFeed’s principal data scientist, responsible for advancing the firm’s machine learning and alternative data capabilities.

Kelleher is also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute and has a PhD in cosmology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.