Jacky Wright is a transformational global leader, innovative technologist and recognized STEM advocate.
She is a senior executive whose extensive career spans multiple industries. As Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft US, Jacky inspires and leads teams to drive innovation, adopt sustainable and accessible business models, and digitally transform.
In late 2017, Jacky took a civic leave from Microsoft to join HMRC as their Chief Digital Information Officer, leading one of the largest digitally enabled transformations in Europe and the technology decisions underpinning HMRC’s EU Exit plans. Her strategy choices will help deliver HMRC’s ambition to become one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world.
She has been widely recognized for her many contributions in technology and diversity, including an honorary doctorate from Aston University, and inclusion on the Britain’s Powerlist 100 of Most Influential People, the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business, and Savoy Magazine’s Top Women list. She has also been featured in numerous publications, including CIO Magazine, “Meet a tech industry pioneer who leads by example” and the Wall Street Journal – CIO Journal.
1. Best piece of advice you’ve been given
The best advice I received has been to determine who you want to be, not what you want to be.
2. Worst piece of advice you’ve been given
The worst piece of advice has been “try to fit in.”
3. What would you tell your younger self?
You can do and be anything
4. What excites you most about the future of your industry?
The seismic, positive impact technology can have on society.
5. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My father is my biggest inspiration.