Marie Taylor-Ghent graduated from Maynooth University in 2001 with a BSc in Mathematics. Today she’s a leader in her field, working at the cutting edge of product development using data analytics and tech. As a Director at PwC, Marie leads a team focused on helping clients unlock the potential of their data through analytics. “As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, all sectors are facing both huge disruption and huge opportunity. Having a background in mathematics has honed my logical and creative skills, empowering me to help my clients navigate this new era,” she said.
Prior to this role, Marie worked for a number of years at another Big 4 accountancy firm, leading the transformation from an exclusively people-focused business to a technology-centric people business. It’s the sweet spot where tech meets Big Data. Specifically, Marie led efforts to re-imagine fund audits globally by using technology more effectively to analyse, segment and interpret clients’ increasing amounts of data. Putting her maths expertise to work, she designed a better way capture and integrate silo-ed client data to offer clients better, more insightful and faster advice in the auditing sector. A passionate advocate for women in STEM, Marie credits her time at MU with supporting her career and interpersonal development. “The problem solving and critical thinking I developed during my time at Maynooth University made my career possible,” she said.