Chief Data & AI Officer, DLA Piper

Global law firm DLA Piper has appointed Niresh Rajah as its Chief Data and AI Officer, a newly established role, as it continues to build Data Science and AI practices into the firm’s foundations. Niresh, most recently Group Chief Data Officer at Danske Bank, will drive forward the firm’s AI and data agenda as it continues to evolve and embed data practices and generative AI-powered solutions at the core of its operations and client delivery.

Niresh joins the firm with over 20 years of financial and professional services experience, having executed significant and complex digital and data transformation projects across international organisations including leadership roles at Barclays Bank, Lloyd’s Banking Group and Grant Thornton. He has successfully established and integrated ground-up AI and data intelligence functions with international teams, generated and delivered ambitious data strategies and solutions, and strategically navigated complex and cross-border regulatory challenges such as Brexit and GDPR. Prior to this Niresh held management roles at Deloitte and EY, delivering major transformation projects for FTSE100 companies.

The appointment, and creation of the CDAIO role, is the latest milestone in the firm’s innovation journey, with ‘the future of legal services’ a core focus of its strategy and investment. It builds on the firm’s Law& innovation arm, delivering novel legal service solutions such as Aiscencion, the AI-driven cartel and corruption detecting service, and TOKO, the firm’s virtual asset tokenisation platform and legal AI assistant. And, the 100-strong client-facing AI and data team who are revolutionising practice across our global footprint, and collaborating with industry-leading clients on innovation, compliance, development, and ultimately influencing policymakers and the wider AI ecosystem.