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In this transformative age, companies face a choice – manage geopolitics or be managed by them.

Jon Shames

EY Global Geostrategic Business Group Leader

Helping businesses understand the implications of geopolitics. EY lifer (35 years!) Washington Capitals fan. Competitive tennis player and bad golfer. Arts and travel lover. Father, husband and son.

Jon Shames leads the EY Geostrategic Business Group, which translates geopolitical insights into business strategy. Under Jon’s guidance, the group taps into EY’s vast network of subject matter experts to provide clients with innovative, actionable guidance on opportunities and risks in markets around the world.

Jon has more than 37 years of experience working with global companies and problem-solving with clients. He has witnessed the increasing influence geopolitical issues play in boardroom decisions. Jon has a strong background in the private equity sector and recently served as EY Americas Private Equity Leader and as a member of the global private equity leadership team.

Jon obtained his BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University. He serves on the board of The Business Council for International Understanding and is an Associate Board Member at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

How Jon is building a better working world

“I get up every day with the goal of helping EY people and clients be more successful in achieving their goals. I love the communities I work in – whether geopolitics, PE or the broader business community – and feel each of them can make a difference in society. I also believe that EY is well positioned to gain great insight and perspective from the work it does with clients and from the unique diversity of its 270,000 professionals. We have the obligation to use this knowledge in building a better working world.”

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