Julian WheatlandFormer CFO & COO at Cambridge Analytica
Julian Wheatland was COO and CFO of Cambridge Analytica, before which he was Chair of its parent, SCL Group. He oversaw the rapid growth of one of the most influential leaders in data analytics innovation. The companies shaped data analytics technology, strategic communications and advertising, as well as affecting the debate around data privacy. In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s access to Facebook data, Julian moved to become group CEO in order to close the company down. SCL was originally founded as a communications and behavioural research business. Amongst its early goals was the application of pioneering research to create effective messages designed to counter extremist propaganda. Julian was recruited from a successful career in investment and consultancy to take charge of the company’s finances. When Cambridge Analytica was formed by SCL’s Alexander Nix, its rapid growth saw Julian asked to join as CFO. CA’s focus was the use of data analytics in electoral and political communication. It became the talk of political and media circles. Bold claims were made about its capabilities and its successes – claims that would place it in the spotlight when scandal hit.