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    BRITAIN’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN CARIBBEAN HERITAGE. 

Jacky Wright

Corporate Vice-President and Interim CIO, Microsoft (current), Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC (incoming)

 

 

Prior to her most recent appointment, where she will to take forward HMRC’s ambitious digital transformation agenda, Jacky was recently promoted to corporate VP and interim CIO of the global IT giant Microsoft, and is one of the most senior black women in tech.

 

She is one of only two women of colour at Microsoft to have earned the title of corporate VP, where she is in charge of the corporation’s IT Strategic Enterprises Services and oversees the team that tests products and develops a strategy to make them ready for public consumption.

 

As the company’s link to BAME networks on a national and global level she is driving new initiatives for diversity and inclusion. She heads the major initiative YearUp, which offers employment for underprivileged young people, growing the scheme from a few dozen young people to hundreds across the organisation.

 

She is also primary leader for improved accessiblity for Microsoft products and services, ensuring people with disabilities have access to them. And she leads Microsoft’s partnership with Modern Muse, a UK-based organisation connecting mentors with young girls to encourage them to stay engaged with STEM subjects.

 

Prior to Microsoft, she held a range of senior positions within the IT industry, including CIO roles at GE and senior management roles at Accenture, AutoNation and Ryder.

 

Jacky is a council member for City, University of London, and recently joined the national board of directors for Make-a-Wish America. She has received an honorary doctorate from America’s Aston University.

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