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Together, the FT Strategies team brings over 100 years' experience in distinctive problem solving, thought leadership and transformational expertise. Our people include world-class data scientists, tech founders,  strategy consultants, journalists, software developers, product designers, global marketers, digital transformation leaders and data architects.

Tara Lajumoke


MANAGING DIRECTOR

Tara is Managing Director of FT Strategies. Before joining the FT, Tara worked at McKinsey's London office and previously at Goldman Sachs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US. She has over 15 years’ experience, serving clients across multiple sectors on strategy, digital and transformation. She is a Fulbright Scholar and MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, and serves on the Board of the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She is passionate about mentoring underprivileged youth and is a proud mum to three boys.

Jon Slade


CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Jon is Chief Commercial Officer at the Financial Times, where he oversees the FT’s consumer subscriptions business, global advertising sales and operations, newspaper operations and the FT Specialist division. During his time at the FT, he oversaw the successful shift in subscription strategy from the metered model to trials, contributing to the FT reaching its long-time goal of one million paying readers. Prior to his current role Jon served as the FT’s B2C managing director, as well as commercial director for global digital advertising and insight.

Aled John


DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR

Aled has over eleven years’ experience in the media, overseeing strategy, product, new venture creation and editorial. Previously he was Head of Membership Strategy and Business Development at Condé Nast, where he launched their B2B subscription title Vogue Business. Aled cut his teeth in TV news at ITN and later received his MBA from Cambridge University. Outside of the day job, his kids keep him busy and he is also a trustee and director of DeliverAid, a charity helping those suffering from food poverty started during the pandemic.

Harriet Wright


PRINCIPAL

Harriet manages business development and new ventures, and was FT Strategies’s founding team member in 2018. She joined FT Strategies after starting her own businesses to promote diversity in the workplace through leading investment programme Entrepreneur First. Before this, she spent four years as Business Innovation Director at Decoded, helping clients globally to adapt new digital mindsets and transform.

Lou Gautier


PRINCIPAL

Before joining the FT, Lou was a Manager at Bain and Company for eight years, and Managing Director of websites product lines at Solocal. A woman of many talents, she also has a Masters in industrial engineering and operational research at the University of California.When she’s not leading digital transformation workshops for our clients, she’s exploring the quaint corners of the UK with her family.

Daisy Donald


PRINCIPAL

Daisy joins us from Reuters where she was Director of Global Customer Experience overseeing their website and reader revenue. Before that, she spent over eight years leading customer research teams in London and New York at the Financial Times and beyond, working closely with the B2B sales and product teams to define key strategic research initiatives. She has an EMBA from the IE Business School, Madrid. 

Lisa MacLeod


PRINCIPAL

Lisa has over 25 years of experience in print to digital transformation, most notably at the Financial Times where she led newsroom operations, was an Assistant Editor and Managing Editor, Associate Editor and Head of Operations for FT.com. She led group-wide digital transformation projects at both of South Africa’s biggest publishers, Tiso Blackstar (now Arena Holdings) and Naspers’s 24.com. Lisa is former Vice President of the World Association of News Publishers, advisor and coach with Women in News, a board member of the World Editors Forum, Leader in Residence at the University of Lancashire and a mentor with the Journalism Innovation Leaders faculty.

George Adelman


PRINCIPAL

George joins us from Monitor Deloitte with over a decade of experience in strategy consulting and in-house advisory. Leading strategy development, service design and digital transformation teams, he has advised senior leadership from across both the public and private sectors. He has an ACII and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

Tim Part


SENIOR MANAGER

Tim has over fifteen years’ in corporate strategy, marketing and regulatory roles, including as Senior Sports Consultant at MTM London, Strategy Manager for Ofcom and Brand Manager at ITV. He also has a BA in Russian and Czech from the University of Oxford, and is an avid cricket fan.

Luis Meirinhos


SENIOR MANAGER

Having graduated in Finance and International Management, Luis worked as a Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey, as well as co-founding a couple of his own companies. After getting an MBA at the London Business School, Luis focused his career on digital transformation. Luis is proudly international in his outlook and has lived in different countries around the world.

Ella Reid-Norris


SENIOR MANAGER

Ella is a qualified actuary with expertise in financial services, behavioural economics and insight building. Previously at KPMG, with a focus on the insurance and pensions sectors, she is experienced in leading a variety of projects; everything from international strategy to legal investigation, including providing independent evidence to the High Court.

Jenny Stark


HEAD OF MARKETING

Prior to joining the FT, Jenny was a freelance copywriter with global clients such as EY and Dixons Carphone. She was also Cherie Blair CBE’s personal speechwriter in Europe and Asia. After serving as Head of Communications at a tech company in London, Jenny joined the FT as Head of Marketing. She has a degree in English from the University of Cambridge, and is a passionate campaigner for diversity and women’s rights.

Tony Leung


CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Tony manages our business development, sales operations and internal processes. His previous roles were as a Commercial Development Manager at CIL Management Consultants, which provided due diligence and strategic consulting to private equity funds, and as a Senior Research Analyst at Preqin, a global B2B information provider to the alternative assets industry. He holds a Bsc in Economics from the University of Bath and is a keen squash player.

Aliya Itzkowitz


SENIOR CONSULTANT

Aliya joins us from Dataminr, where she was in charge of expanding the use of A.I. technology in newsrooms across the EMEA region. Before that, she was a journalist at Bloomberg in London and an analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York. Outside of work, Aliya is one of Britain's top fencers and has represented Team GB at six World Championships. She has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford. 

George Montagu


SUBSCRIPTIONS STRATEGY LEAD

George has spent the last four years guiding the FT’s data strategy as it balances revenue and risk. Most recently, he founded and continues to lead a cross-departmental FT team focused on the future of marketing & advertising in the context of restrictions on online tracking. George also holds an MBA from IE Business School and is a very proud member of Surrey County Cricket Club.

Rumyana Nikolova


SENIOR CONSULTANT

Rumyana has a background in strategy and management consulting at KPMG, where she worked with clients in the consumer goods sector on pricing, financial transformation and operational model projects. She is proudly international - she’s a Bulgarian who studied German and Management at the University of Bath with a year in Frankfurt. Rumyana is passionate about female mentorship, especially of women from disadvantaged backgrounds and refugees.

Alex Milne Turner


SENIOR CONSULTANT

Alex has five years' experience in media strategy at industry specialists MTM, where his clients included Google, Facebook, Spotify, BBC, and the Guardian, amongst others. He completed a secondment at Eurosport where he helped build out the subscription data and analytics department for Eurosport Player. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Trinity College, University of Dublin, and is a keen rock climber and guitarist.

Emanuele Porfiri


SENIOR DATA ANALYST

Emanuele has worked with clients globally, helping them develop engagement metrics, build data architectures and conduct business analyses. He previously spent seven years at Realise Unlimited, a boutique analytics consultancy.

Maciej Bugala


PROGRAMME MANAGER

Maciej has over 10 years' experience in digital transformation and ecommerce, from setting up and launching a mobile page for Amazon Gift Cards, through to implementing Premier Inn's first programmatic strategy. He is an anthropologist by background with a passion for tech and the humans behind it. He holds an MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics, is passionate about social justice, and regularly volunteers with Migrants Organise - a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers in London.

Edouard Gibert


SENIOR CONSULTANT

Edouard has more than five years of experience working on growth strategy projects, specialising in innovative business models for both startups and legacy market players. He has a background in financial services (insurance and retail banking) and news publishing. Edouard holds an MSc from Sciences Po Paris and ESSEC Business School.

Isabella Croes


CONSULTANT

Prior to FT Strategies, Isabella was an innovation consultant at Accenture and worked with several organisations such as the Government of Colombia, the Government of Aruba and hedge fund managers on freelance innovation projects. She is a First Class Honours graduate from University College London, where she obtained her BSc in Management Sciences. Having grown up on Aruba, a small Caribbean island, she is passionate about mentoring young & underprivileged entrepreneurs.

Sahas Bhatia


ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Sahas is a First Class Honours graduate from the London School of Economics, where he studied a BSc in Management, and received the LSE100 Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He also founded a non-profit, Mission Walk, to help underprivileged children with complex disabilities get on their feet, during which he partnered with Volkswagen to establish a medical centre in India which has treated more than 50,000 people to date.

Fraser Harding


ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Fraser is a First Class Honours graduate from the University of Sheffield, where he studied a BA in Journalism. As part of his studies, he completed a dissertation researching the sustainability of news publishers' revenue models, interviewing our very own Chief Commercial Officer Jon Slade, to provide insight on the FT. Fraser is also an avid sports fan and a keen footballer.

Nikhil Puri


ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Prior to working at FT Strategies, Nikhil studied Physics at King's College London where he discovered a passion for numbers, technology and data analysis. He is now using those skills to provide valuable insight to European clients, optimising their digital strategy. Nikhil also has extensive experience in charity work, having helped Shelter throughout his life.

FT ADVISORY EXPERTS

Renée Kaplan


HEAD OF DIGITAL EDITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

Renée specialises in piloting innovation in the newsroom, developing content and teams that help transform and diversify digital journalism. She heads up a newsroom team that helps develop new digital formats, new strategies for storytelling, and new ways to distribute and monetize the FT’s journalism. She lead both on the content and the strategy for growing the value and impact of our digital journalism. She works across the whole business, with a network of colleagues in product, data and business development departments, with a mission to innovate and monetize the FT’s digital journalism.

Mark Beckwith


DIRECTOR OF DATA STRATEGY AND GOVERNANCE

With nine years' experience at the Financial Times, Mark leads data strategy and governance initiatives that increase the value and health of the FT's data assets. He additionally leads a contact strategy team that helps marketing departments increase the value they gain from customers by targeting the right audience, with the right messages, at the right time, whilst ensuring an optimal balance of communication frequency.

Fiona Spooner


B2C GLOBAL MARKETING DIRECTOR

Fiona Spooner is Global B2C Marketing Director at the Financial Times, a position she has held since 2017. Based in London, Fiona looks after subscription acquisition, engagement, retention and marketing operations for the FT. Fiona joined the FT in 2003 as an events marketing manager and has since held numerous roles within the organisation and overseen teams in customer acquisition, conversion and optimisation, brand, CRM and operations. She has played an instrumental role in many key initiatives at the FT including the evolution of the FT’s access model.

Isabelle Campbell


COMMERCIAL FINANCE DIRECTOR

Isabelle is a Chartered Accountant and has been at the FT for 11 years, initially in Financial Reporting, and for the last three years in Commercial Finance, business partnering across the FT portfolio and also responsible for the financial planning and forecasting of the global business. Isabelle is also a yoga and meditation teacher with a keen interest in bringing well-being into the workplace.

Lindsay Nicol


LEAD DATA ANALYST

Lindsay is a Lead Data Analyst working in the Audience Engagement team at the Financial Times in London. She joined the FT in 2016 having been a Senior Data Analyst with the NHS where she worked closely with hospitals in the South of England to improve patient pathways. Lindsay’s experience is broad and includes leading and supporting several cross departmental initiatives, as well as managing a team of analysts. She has a particular focus on leveraging data insights to inform Editorial strategy, which include initiatives to increase female readership, efficiently reduce editorial output, and better retain new subscribers gained due to interest in coronavirus related content.

Majed Bader


DATA ANALYST

Majed is a member of the FT Customer Analytics and Insights team. He works on providing actionable insight to a variety of stakeholders across the business using data-driven analysis. He has a background in Computational Plasma Physics and joined the FT after completing an MSci Physics degree from Queen Mary, University of London. He was one of the youngest students to attend the 2019 CERN Accelerator School on high-energy wakefield acceleration. Majed joined the FT to explore his interest in alternative datasets after he took part in the FT Talent Challenge, and is a big advocate of ethical algorithm design.

Virginia Stagni


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Virginia works between London and New York as a Business Development Manager in the Commercial Department of the Financial Times. Her role sees her investigating new business ideas and revenue growth opportunities, ensuring the Financial Times remains one of the most innovative and disruptive players in the wider news landscape. Prior to joining the FT, Virginia was a start-up founder and entrepreneur, and also working as a freelance reporter for La Stampa - one of the oldest newspapers in Italy. In 2016 she was named Best Italian Entrepreneur Under 25 and in 2019 was one of Digiday’s inaugural Future Leaders.

Vaithegi Vasanthakumar


SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

Vaithegi has over five years' experience at the FT building digital products and leading development teams to improve acquisition and retention goals. She has also worked in organisational transformation at Pearson, the telecommunications industry and the aviation industry. Vaithegi has an MBA from the University of Cambridge. She loves travelling, loose leaf tea and exploring the British countryside.

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