Brisbane boutique Mojo Soup recruits senior Deloitte duo

17 December 2023 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read
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Following up on the recent expansion of its Data & AI practice, Mojo Soup has now added former Deloitte duo Jared Bagnall and Haley Schumacher to lead the new practice.

Boutique Brisbane-based digital consultancy Mojo Soup has pinched some senior talent from Deloitte, with former director Jared Bagnall joining as practice manager of the Insights and Analytics team alongside principal consultant Haley Schumacher – the latter who returns to the fold after three years.

The pair have been with Monitor Deloitte since earlier this year via the Big Four firm’s acquisition of innovation consultancy Glass.

Brisbane boutique Mojo Soup recruits senior Deloitte duo

“We are so excited to welcome Jared and Haley to develop our data and AI offering,” commented Mojo Soup co-founder and CEO David Lockie. “Securing this kind of capability in the burgeoning AI market provides the leading edge services our customers need to grow and evolve. These appointments are completely aligned with our strategic focus and intent to engage brilliant minds to inspire and enable change across our customer base.”

Bringing a decade worth of experience with engineering & design consultancy Arup, Mojo Soup was established by Lockie in Brisbane in 2011 alongside fellow co-founder and CTO Euan Kennedy to provide clients with business transformation and digital innovation services leveraging the Microsoft suite. On the back of recent bumper growth, the consultancy this year expanded into Sydney, and continues to grow its capacity.

Now with a headcount of around two dozen, the latest to join are Bagnall and Schumacher, recruited to lead Mojo Soup’s Insights and Analytics team out of its Brisbane home-base. Prior to his three years with fellow local boutique Glass, where he also served as data & analytics practice lead, Bagnell spent over a decade in the public sector, including eight years as an intelligence analyst with Queensland Treasury.

“We recently shared exciting news about expanding our data and AI capabilities,” the firm stated. “Jared’s arrival is a strategic move in this direction. His expertise at the intersection of strategy, technology and people is unparalleled and he’s passionate about driving actionable insights that fuel growth. With specialist skills in AI and generative AI, he recognises these technologies as the most impactful innovations of our generation.”

Schumacher’s recruitment meanwhile marks a Mojo Soup homecoming, having previously spent two years with the firm as a business intelligence consultant prior to joining Glass in 2021. A Bachelor of Science graduate in industrial systems and engineering from the University of Southern California, Schumacher previously spent three years as a SAP consultant with PwC in Los Angeles before migrating to Australia in 2018.

“I am stoked to be joining an organisation already on an amazing growth trajectory, to help grow and expand their data and AI capabilities from strategy through to delivery and support,” Bagnall stated, with Schumacher adding; “Mojo Soup’s strong values base underpins its focus on achieving what’s best for the customer. We are both looking forward to extending capability for existing customers and securing new business opportunities as a team.”