Blackdot opens new office
in San Francisco – meet
the team

With a growing portfolio of global clients, Blackdot is delighted to formally announce the opening of an office in San Francisco.

Welcoming back former team member Matt McLaren to lead the expansion, supported by consultant Giovanni Saraceno who will be relocating from the Sydney HQ – the pair bring together an invaluable combination of regional knowledge, subject matter expertise and the desire to drive customer outcomes.

Here, they share their perspective on the new venture:

Matt, can you tell us a little about yourself and your professional background?

Sure, my background is in Financial Services and Tech, but I've worked for Blackdot in several stints over the years across Pharma, Banking, FMCG and other industries throughout projects in Australia, the UK and US.

What drew you to taking up this position as Vice President, Americas at Blackdot?

Having stayed in touch with Managing Director, Marty Nicholas and being a fan of Blackdot’s  thought leadership content – their outcomes-based culture, growing client base and overall momentum really stood out to me. Particularly given the focus on global Health Sciences and the work we’re doing with clients in EMEA, there was a clear opportunity to build upon this in the US. The challenge of building a new regional presence is also exciting, and I’m looking forward to sharing Blackdot Insights more broadly.

What will 2020 look like for the San Fran team?

Given we’ve worked with US clients from our London and Sydney offices previously, this isn’t totally new for Blackdot – but having permanent ‘boots on the ground’ is a good step for our business and commitment to the region. Throughout 2020 we're keen to engage with the US divisions of our existing global clients to ensure we're really driving global outcomes and sharing applicable insights based on what we're seeing across other regions.

As for the team, we’ll be bringing in more folks from the Blackdot network as we grow, as well as recruiting new faces who have local US market experience.

Thanks Matt!

And Gio, you've been at Blackdot for over two years now, can you share your experience?

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to be perfectly honest. There's been times where I felt like life's moving so fast but when I reflect it’s awesome to see how much I’ve accomplished both in terms of personal growth and my career.

As for the culture, Blackdot’s got a fun and collaborative vibe – the people are awesome, everyone's really outgoing and enjoy each other’s company both in and out of the office.

So why make the move to San Fran?

I studied in Louisiana for a year and fell in love with the fast-paced and outgoing culture amongst many other things about the American way of life. I’ve always been interested in moving back, so felt that this opportunity provided the best of both worlds as I can join the US market and also continue working with everyone that I’ve grown to love over the last two years.

Between you and I (and all the people who read this), it’s a bit nerve-racking moving to a city I haven’t been to before. I’m sure there will be ups and downs as we find our feet, but I’m mostly just excited!

Follow Matt McLaren and Giovanni Saraceno on LinkedIn to keep up to date with the work they’re doing in the US.