Marcus East is a professional technology leader with over 20 years experience of working in the Information Technology, specialising in Digital Transformations and Electronic Commerce.
Marcus is Vice President of Product & Technology, and Chief Technology Oﬃcer for National Geographic, based in Washington DC where he leads the teams responsible for building world class digital experiences for audiences around the world. Previously he was Global Digital Director at Marks and Spencer responsible for driving the company’s digital transformation. Prior to M&S he worked in Silicon Valley for Apple, where he led eCommerce solutions delivery for their worldwide on-line business, and also drove the adoption of Agile software delivery.
Marcus combines vision and foresight with real hands-on experience from having delivered major transformation programmes and initiatives; he brings real world experience from a successful career built on three continents, whilst also having one eye on the future and the potential that comes from developments in consumer technology.
In addition to his expertise in delivering value for commercial organisations, he also has a passion for the use of technology to drive positive social change, and spent two years building and leading Comic Relief’s technology function, during which time he drove the delivery of award-winning technology and digital products, including the record-setting donations platform that supports Red Nose Day; he has also advised and acted as a trustee for a number of charities.
A strong interest in politics means that Marcus is also very interested in policymaking related to technology, and he has also been involved in a number of Government and public sector steering committees and think-tanks, and served for four years an elected Councillor in the London Borough of Enfield, where he was born.
Having lived and worked in the UK, Asia and America, he has a truly international perspective on the challenges facing organisations and societies today, and how technology affects them — he has strong views on social exclusion, diversity in technology, managing technology talent and how large corporations should react to the challenges and opportunities that the advent of the digital age brings.
He talks with energy, enthusiasm and humour and his audiences always find him thought-provoking, entertaining and informative in equal measure - bringing both real experience with stimulating, well-informed thoughts about the future.
In addition to his expertise in delivering value for commercial organisations, he also has a passion for the use of technology to drive positive social change, and spent two years building and leading Comic Relief’s technology function, during which time he drove the delivery of award-winning technology and digital products, including the record-setting donations platform that supports Red Nose Day.
Agile & Agile Software Delivery
Introducing Agile to traditional organisations, and creating Agile culture, processes and organisation structures to increase speed to market and reduce risk.
Consumer Technology Trends & Futures
How advances in technology will shape brands’ relationships with consumers, creating both opportunities and threats for organisations.
Digital Product Development & Transformations
Moving customer experiences into the digital age - using the power of digital to engage new customers, deepen customer engagement and create new business and operating models.
Innovation in Large Organisations
Unlocking and driving change in mature or well established environments; driving innovation in organisations resistant to change.
Exploring the potential from combining digital and physical experiences for consumers to create enhanced retail experiences at home, on mobile devices or in store.
"Marcus was absolutely amazing in all parameters! We received very positive feedbacks for his keynote. He was very kind, pleasant, interesting and we loved having him as our keynote speaker." Annual GO eCommerce Summit
"Marcus was a hit! Great combination of digital marketing expertise, futurist/strategic thinking, pragmatism, and humility. Our leaders found him inspiring and relatable." Wolters Kluwer
UK :£7k to £15k
Europe :£7k to £15k
US :£7k to £15k
Asia/Middle East :£7k to £15k