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Iain Watt
Iain Watt

Iain Watt is Chief Executive of IGI’s UK-based operations and operates worldwide where clients need support. He is a Senior Advisor to Cairneagle Associates, an international strategy and corporate finance advisory firm. He is an affiliate of Instinctif, a leading City communications consultancy with a strong financial public relations practice.

In a career spanning more than 30 years he has held senior international corporate roles in finance, strategy, marketing and general management in Deloitte, BP, Diageo, Philip Morris and AXA. Most recently over the last 10 years having co-founded IGI an international network of communications consultancies, Iain has provided marketing and communications strategy advice to blue chip organisations supporting them in corporate positioning, accessing the international capital markets and in planning mergers & acquisitions.

A specialist in regulated industries, Iain also has deep expertise in public affairs and has been an adviser to government agencies in emerging markets. Iain also advises clients on the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to the low-carbon economy. Often, Iain works with clients to establish new businesses in the UK and abroad. He has a particular interest in natural resources and clean technology innovation.

Iain also provides interim management solutions and advises clients on corporate governance and business transformation. He was seconded to AXA Insurance as Marketing Director and member of the Executive team during its successful change programme. Iain is an experienced Non-Executive Director, most recently of GeoProMining, a leading diversified metals resource company.

During his international career, Iain has worked in Europe, USA, Asia, Middle East and Africa and resided in several different countries. He has a particular expertise in emerging markets and has over 20 years experience in Central and Eastern Europe having been a part of the Philip Morris team spearheading penetration of those markets following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Iain has a MA in Modern Languages from the University of Glasgow, read Accountancy and Finance as a post-graduate at Stirling University and has attended Advanced Management Programmes at IMD, Lausanne.

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