The survey also found that 78% of alumni believe a recommendation from colleagues or peers was the number one factor influencing their perception of a service provider’s ability to deliver. Again, the reassurance that comes from trusted relationships is critical to decision-making.
Access to insight and ideas
Many EY alumni are now in leadership roles across the globe, growth industries and influential organizations around the world. They, like all of us, have experienced the impact of the pandemic on their businesses, their communities and their families. Having other entrepreneurs or leaders to share some of that burden with has been a lifeline. Carmine di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO, describes them as, “a powerful source of advice and insight into the global business environment.”
Amanpreet Bajaj, Country Manager of AirBnB India and SE Asia, and EY alumnus, says he was delighted to help a fellow alumnus, “an ex-colleague from EY called up and said, 'I just want to spend two hours with you.' I invited him to our office, and he just wanted to understand, how do we see business evolving in this new nascent space? In those two hours, I shared everything I could, in terms of our understanding of that business.”