AUG 7, 2017

CI&T expands strategy and design capabilities with Comrade

Press Release


Acquisition bolsters CI&T’s ability to deliver speed at scale - combining CI&T’s lean digital transformation and high quality execution with Comrade’s strategy and design expertise to help clients rapidly deliver experiences and digital products people love.

NEW YORK, August 7, 2017 - Global digital solutions partner CI&T has acquired Comrade, a strategy and customer experience design agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. The acquisition combines CI&T’s lean digital transformation and high quality execution with Comrade’s strategy and design expertise to quickly and efficiently deliver high quality products and experiences people love. The acquisition unites a full-service team of over 2,500 strategists, designers and developers on five continents combining design thinking, data-led strategy, lean principles, and advanced tech such as AI/machine learning, advanced analytics and API-driven architectures.

The move is key to CI&T’s expansion in the United States as it accelerates their track record of 30% organic year-over-year global growth and builds on their successful long-term relationships with major U.S. clients. CI&T has proven end-to-end expertise globally with leading companies including Itau Bank, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson among others. Comrade has partnered with clients including two of the top five U.S. banks, over 30 fintech companies, and leaders in technology, health-care and nonprofit to improve customer experiences and bring digital product innovation to market quickly and efficiently.

"We are thrilled to bring Comrade into the CI&T family. Their focus on data-led strategy combined with human-centered design and hands-on pragmatism perfectly integrates with our lean way of working and allows us to offer the most complete end-to-end customer experiences possible," states Bruno Guicardi, President and Co-founder, CI&T. "Additionally, Comrade’s deep ties with Silicon Valley are an important factor for enterprises seeking digital transformation and their expertise in working with the U.S. financial services sector offers new and exciting opportunities for future growth."

"Clients need one partner they can trust for strategy, design and technology," states Thelton McMillian, Founder and CEO, Comrade. "Together we can deliver speed at scale for organizations who need to go faster while delivering high-quality products and experiences. We’re excited to use CI&T’s advanced technology capabilities like AI and machine learning to imagine and design truly differentiated customer experiences. We chose CI&T because we share common values and have amazing cultures built on long-term relationships with clients, employees and partners."

Through the acquisition, Comrade will become a CI&T company and continue operating as a strategy and design agency serving global clients.

About CI&T
CI&T, the digital technology solutions partner for the world's biggest companies, is a pioneer at delivering speed-at-scale through the application of design thinking, lean methodologies and advanced tech, including Machine Learning/AI, Advanced Analytics, Cloud and Mobility. For over 20 years, CI&T has been a trusted partner for the most complex global engagements inside companies including Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, AB-InBev, Itau Bank and Motorola. With over 2,500 digital business strategists, designers and engineers in the USA, Brazil, UK, Australia, Japan and China, CI&T is big enough to scale to the needs of Fortune 100 clients yet agile enough to achieve the speed-to-market today's customers demand. For more information, visit www.ciandt.com.

About Comrade
Founded in 2006, Comrade is a strategy and customer experience design agency based in the San Francisco Bay Area that partners with clients in technology, healthcare, financial services, and non-profit to improve customer engagement and bring new innovations to market quickly. Clients include two of the top five U.S. banks, the world’s largest asset manager and over 30 fintechs, among others. Learn more at www.comradeagency.com.

To read the letter from Comrade’s CEO on the partnership, please click here.