Background

I have worked at the sharp end of business and technology for over three decades and have a ‘bits to boardroom’ understanding of how the world is changing and how we need to respond both personally and organisationally.

Here are some career highlights

  • FT
    Financial Times columnist on digital leadership
  • CIO
    CIO columnist and judge on CIO 100
  • E-Skills-Credentials
    Advisor and author of e-Skills Manifesto: A Call to Arms
  • ESA-Credentials
    Gamma ray space telescope technologist
  • DRi
    Founder of the Digital Readiness Institute
  • MIT
    Guest Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership
  • Books-Credentials
    Author of 6 books on digital age matters
  • Globe
    Worked in over 35 countries
  • Sectors
    Worked across a variety of sectors from space science to pharma

Here are some career highlights

  • FT
    Financial Times columnist on digital leadership
  • CIO
    CIO columnist and judge on CIO 100
  • E-Skills-Credentials
    Advisor and author of e-Skills Manifesto: A Call to Arms
  • ESA-Credentials
    Gamma ray space telescope technologist
  • DRi
    Founder of the Digital Readiness Institute
  • MIT
    Guest Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership
  • Books-Credentials
    Author of 6 books on digital age matters
  • Globe
    Worked in over 35 countries
  • Sectors
    Worked across a variety of sectors from space science to pharma

My Career Timeline

My Interests

As part of my professional focus on helping people thrive in the digital age, I take an interest in human performance, particularly around the areas of sociality, movement and attention.

I am a former track sprinter. Growing up in pre-gentrified central London, as my speed started to wane, I took up martial arts (hard and soft). Always good to have a backup plan.

In more recent years, I have taken up parkour, which can be considered the martial art of moving rapidly through a typically urban terrain, negotiating obstacles, whilst being pursued by people who do not have the practitioner’s best interests at heart (optional).

In terms of martial ability, my wife would rank dancing as my most lethal art.

  • We wanted someone who would engage our leadership differently. Ade did this brilliantly.  Engaging, fast paced and multifaceted. Just what was needed to shake things up a little in the last session of our conference!

    Helen MacPhee
    VP Finance
    AstraZeneca
  • We recently held a conference in Milan around “Digital” for our senior partners throughout the MED region (Italy, Spain and Portugal) and Ade joined us by VC as a keynote speaker. Even by VC Ade kept the audience captive with lots of note taking and it also provoked a lot of discussion after the event. One of the most compelling keynote speakers that we have had in the MED region.

    Joanne Jones
    EMEIA Markets Operations And Execution Team Leader
    EY
  • Ade understands business and IT opportunities through the lens of executives and how to present this back in a concise manner with clear takeaways.

    Robbert Kuppens
    Global CIO
    Boston Consulting Group
  • Ade spoke at an event for around 250 of our UK & Israel Technology team. Ade has a fantastic presentation style, and it was clear in the prep calls that he was able to take our overall theme of the event and link that to his presentation. I would highly recommend Ade as a motivational speaker and thought leader.

    Hannah Bertolone
    Cloud Programme Leader
    Oracle
  • Ade McCormack sounds a much-needed clarion call for IT to “grow up”  and become a mature business function.

    Nicholas Carr
    Former editor
    Harvard Business Review