Profile

Colin Cobain is a Partner and co-Head of Oliver Wyman Labs, with responsibility as Technology Leader. His career has focused on delivering business change by applying technology to solve business problems.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman in 2012, Colin spent 34 years in the retail and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors—as his grey hair can attest! He’s held Board level positions in such functional areas as systems, logistics, distribution, space management, non-store retail (catalogue, Internet and digital-TV), wholesaling, and business development, and has won numerous industry awards in recognition of his work. From 2000 to 2007, he was Group chief information officer at Tesco PLC, and served as non-executive director at HMRC from 2008-2013.

Colin is keen on most sports, although he is currently limiting himself to working out in the gym following a hip replacement. He’s married with three children, and he and wife Diane find themselves attending theatre and cinema more frequently as they come to terms with their newfound empty-nester status.

Colin has a BSc in computational & statistical science from Liverpool University.