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Alumni Connect May 2020

Welcome to the May edition of Alumni Connect. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt to a great deal of change in a short space of time. As we navigate through this crisis, we hope that you and your family are safe and well.

This edition, our new Global CEO and Chairman, Carmine Di Sibio, joins a distinguished panel of CEOs to discuss how COVID-19 is changing business purpose; EY alumnus, Jon Stanton, shares the secrets to his success with Steve Varley; and we analyse the seismic shifts in UK consumer behaviours since the lockdown. 

The CEO perspective: How COVID-19 is defining business purpose

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As COVID-19 continues to create uncertainty, fear and concern for many businesses, people and societies, the need for more human, purposeful conversations feels increasingly important.

A distinguished panel of CEOs from across the business landscape joined a webcast on Friday, 17 April. Looking beyond the financial and operational strains of COVID-19, they considered how its impact on humanity and societies is shifting expectations of business purpose, its leaders and how people work.


  • Nigel Higgins, Group Chairman, Barclays Bank Plc
  • Bernard Looney, CEO, BP Plc
  • Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies
  • Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
  • Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever Plc


  •  Mona Bitar, COVID-19 Response Leader, Ernst & Young LLP (UK)

Watch the webcast on-demand


How did EY experience lay the foundations for CEO success?

Former EY Audit Partner, Jon Stanton, and Global Vice Chair, Sustainability – Elect, Steve Varley, reunited prior to the COVID-19 outbreak to discuss how Jon’s time at EY provided the foundations for his current role as Weir Group CEO.

Jon Stanton reflects on his career at EY and the lessons learned

EY Alumnus, Jon Stanton, talks about the lessons he learned at EY, emphasising the power of teams, strong work ethic and authenticity.

Moving into industry

Jon talks about his move into industry, learning new ways of working, and the unexpected opportunity that was not part of his career plan.

Drawing on EY experience

Jon considers the huge changes he has the responsibility to lead the Weir Group through as CEO, and how his experience at EY has prepared him for the challenge. 

Staying in touch 

Jon emphasises the value of developing and maintaining networks, from the occasional social to a little bit of mentoring from people who were important earlier in his career.

ELaine Parr

UK consumer behaviour was already evolving at great speed. That process is now playing out faster than anyone could have imagined because of COVID-19. But it remains a dynamic and constantly changing picture. Discover the latest insights from our EY Future Consumer Index.

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