New product engineering head hired at Publicis Sapient

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Ben Noir (photo credit: Publicis Sapient Australia/Publicis Groupe)Publicis Sapient Australia has appointed Ben Moir (pictured) as the new director of its product engineering division.

His appointment is part of Publicis Sa[pient's new business acceleration push in line with a recent rebrand.

Moir wields an in-depth record stretching back two decades. He recently finished as managing director of tech R&D and consulting firm SnepoResearch, which he founded in 2006. While at Snepo, he also co-founded and ran wearable tech company Wearable X and the Australian branch of MIT’s Fab Lab as its director and senior engineer.

“I am thrilled to be joining the exceptional Publicis Sapient team and am looking forward to working with our client partners to push fearlessly into the space between now and next. I believe that the future will look very different from what we predict, and that it’s important to imagine our lives well, using technology for good in the infinite possibilities,” said Moir.

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