EY has boosted its newly formed Global Innovation Team with the appointment of Silicon Valley executive Jeff Won as Global Chief Innovation Officer. Wong, who joins from eBay, will lead the team responsible for ensuring that EY can better service its global clients through the development and implementation of innovative technologies, strategies and solutions.
Jeff Wong joins EY from eBay, where he led the Business Incubation Group, which he founded in 2010, which is responsible for building start-ups for eBay Marketplaces. Between 2005 and 2010, he led the global strategy for eBay’s Marketplaces business unit. Prior to joining eBay, Wong held several roles, including that of Associate at J.P. Morgan Partners and Senior Associate at Globespan Capital. Wong started his career at The Boston Consulting Group in 1997, where he worked for almost two years.
Wong holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Stanford University, a Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford School of Engineering and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
As the new Global Chief Innovation Officer, Wong will head the newly formed Global Innovation Team, which includes among others the team working at the newly formed Global Innovation Centre in Madrid. The appointment will, according to EY, help it to better serve its clients “at this critical time when innovation has become a necessity for businesses to adapt and spur new ways of thinking in the face of this disruptive change.” Wong will lead the team charged with providing the visibility needed to forecast the technologies and trends of the future. In addition, the team will develop new technologies, strategies and solutions to firmly firmly position EY in the market with its clients.
“To be successful, organisations must integrate innovation into their everyday strategies. The forces of change must be embraced and be seen as opportunities. EY knows and understands this and the role that innovation plays across all phases of a business. This is an exciting opportunity and time to be able to drive innovation, and EY has one of the most globally integrated platforms of any organisation to accomplish this,” comments Wong.
Commenting on the appointment, Mark Weinberger, Global CEO and Chairman of EY, says: “I am excited to have Jeff Wong on board to start-up and lead EY’s innovation team. Jeff will take his experience and insights to challenge everything from the way we do business internally to the way we innovate with our clients. Jeff will ensure EY brings an innovative mind-set to our work every day and help enhance the lasting legacies of our clients.”
Carmine Di Sibio, Global Managing Partner Client Service at EY, adds: “EY is making a bold statement with Jeff's appointment. He brings greater connectivity and new ways of thinking to the organisation, and will help drive greater results to EY and our clients. We have a long history of investing in innovation and won’t stand still. Jeff's vision for innovation will be even more front and centre as we continue to identify the latest strategies and solutions.”