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Ade McCormack

Advisor on Digital Leadership


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Ade McCormack is a near futurist. He has a ‘bits to boardroom’ perspective on how organisations need to change to avoid disruption.
He is a former technologist who, as mentioned, is now focused on helping organisations and individuals thrive in the post-industrial world. His experience ranges from ‘bits to boardroom’. He also provides an anthropological twist to what appears to be technology-driven market disruption.

His style is considered provocative, inspiring, engaging and insightful.  More often than not, he is engaged to provide a ‘zoom out’ perspective on how the world of work, workers and leadership are changing as we enter the digital age. Along with what action needs to be taken to remain economically relevant. This makes him an ideal opening keynoter for any event where the future matters.

He has worked in approximately 30 countries across many sectors, ranging from space science to public sector.

He has written a number of books. His latest being ‘Beyond Nine to Five – Your career guide for the digital age’. Ade is a former Financial Times columnist on digital leadership, and has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on this topic. He currently writes for CIO magazine, and is a judge on the CIO 100.


Sample titles:

Mankind 2.0

Augmented Talent

Workplace 4.0

Transformation – It’s personal!

Key themes:

Future of Work

The near future

Digital age / economy

Evolving business models



Innovation / Creativity


The workplace




The IT function




The boardroom

Former Financial Times on digital leadership – Approximately 180 assets.

Columnist CIO magazine on digital leadership – Approximately 40 assets.

Columnist Business Value Exchange – Approximately 60 assets.

IT Demystified – The IT handbook for business professionals (Auridian Press)

The IT Value Stack: A Boardroom Guide to IT Leadership (Wiley and Co)

The E-Skills Manifesto – A Call to Arms (European Commission)

Beyond Nine to Five – Your career guide for the digital age (Auridian Press)

Digital Strategy Blog

Digital Life Blog 



UK : up to £7k

Europe : up to £7k

US : £7k to £15k

Asia/Middle East : £7k to £15k

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As well as public speaking and writing, Ade advises organisations (through consulting) and individuals (through coaching) to thrive in the post-industrial world. Over the years, he has worked with hundreds of organisations, many of whom are leading global brands.

Examples of recent clients include: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Cisco, VMWare, Intel, Financial Times, Prudential, Allen and Overy, Vodafone and BT.

Early career
Ade studied Physics with Astrophysics at Leicester University. The initial phase of Ade's career was very technically focused.

Here are some examples of systems Ade developed and supported:

  • Naval command and control systems, including radar, electronic warfare, fighter aircraft, battlefield simulation and weapons trials.
  • An investment bank middle office system to detect rogue trading in derivatives.
  • A system to manage data and telecoms cabling for an investment bank.
  • An avionics lifecycle cost modelling system.
  • A set of systems to detect and analyse data from a space-located gamma radiation detector.
  • A system developed for a HR function to manage their car fleet.
  • A personnel management system for the UK Maritime and Coastguard agency.
  • A search and rescue system for the UK Maritime and Coastguard agency.

Ade was also involved in designing and leading new entrant training programmes for IT staff, primarily in the investment banking and IT services sector. This ranged from software engineering principals through to explaining how financial instruments worked.  He was also involved in the design and delivery of training programmes for next-generation analysts and technical architects.

More latterly, Ade developed a business around demystifying IT concepts, along with highlighting tech trends and their potential impact. This was for business people who had some responsibility relating to new technologies.

Ade on Twitter: @ademccormack

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