Laurie MacLaren has joined Ansira in a newly formed role of chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO). In her dual role, she will oversee and manage operations, finance, corporate development, and legal functions.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Laurie to our executive team,” says Daina Middleton, chief executive officer at Ansira. “Her proven success and unique experience make her distinctly qualified for this new role. We have integrated core business roles under her leadership to ensure our continued growth and scale.”

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Before joining Ansira, MacLaren spent 19 years with Sapient, a digital business transformation marketing and technology consulting company with 13,000-plus employees across North America, Europe, and Asia. She held many positions there, including general manager of the technology and communications business unit. During her last six years, she served as the company’s COO and was responsible for all global operations, including financial operations, financial planning and analysis, human resources, information technology (IT), real estate, office services, and procurement. She also led integration efforts when Sapient was acquired by Publicis Groupe in 2015.

“I am excited to join Ansira under Daina’s leadership,” MacLaren says. “The newly formed role at Ansira allows me to tap into many things I am passionate about by enabling great experiences for our clients and our people. We want to continue to scale the business, deliver for our clients, and grow the careers of our employees. I look forward to working with the very talented Ansira team.”

Ansira is backed by Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, with deep expertise in the business and financial services sector.