Marcus Delano East
Chief Digital Officer T-Mobile USA, Technical Director Google (2019-2021)
Marcus is a leading digital technologist with a passion for driving change through the use of technology and with more than 25 years of experience working at the forefront of technology and innovation for organizations across the globe. Marcus attended The Latymer Grammar School in London and subsequently read for an honors degree at the London Metropolitan University majoring in Management & Information Technology, and a Master’s in Management (major in Social Enterprise) from the University of Cambridge.
Since then, he has built a reputation for being a ‘creative technologist,’ someone who enjoys solving difficult problems in innovative ways, whether they are complex business challenges or life-changing social issues. He has spent half of his career working for leading technology companies building worldclass technology and the other half of his career helping brands to harness the power of technology to drive business value. He was for example CTO of Comic Relief, Apple’s Head of eCommerce Solutions, Global Digital Director of Marks & Spencer and National Geographic’s Executive Vice President of Product & Technology. From June 2019 until February 2021 he was technical director at Google. His team of CTOs worked across Google and with some of Google’s biggest clients around the world to help them harness the power of Google Cloud. At the beginning of 2021 he has become Chief Digital Officer for T-Mobile USA and also a Non Exec Director for a Fortune 200 company.
East 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. Having lived and worked in the UK, Asia, and America, he has an international perspective on the challenges facing organizations 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 is a Fellow of the BCS (British Computer Society), Chartered Institute for Information Technology (FBCS), and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).