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David O’Brien

David O’Brien is EY’s partner in charge of Brand, Marketing and Communications and is a member of its executive leadership team. Over his 25 years with EY, David has served clients across the world, and has held a series of Global and Americas leadership roles. He is known as an executive who connects, empowers, creates opportunities and drives great team results.


EY’s purpose as a global organization is to build a better working world for its clients, employees and communities, and David’s role is to drive engagement with EY’s purpose and brand inside and outside of the organization. In recent years, EY has achieved market-leading growth across the breadth of its services. Additionally, for the past seven years, students have ranked EY as the #1 place to start a career in accounting, and for the past two years, Universum has ranked EY member firms as the No. 2 most attractive employers in the world second only to Google. In 2013, EY in the United States was named by DiversityInc, as the No. 3 company overall for diversity, and the No. 1 company for people with disabilities.

Outside of EY, David currently serves on the boards of National Ability Center, in Park City, Utah, and the Children of China Pediatric Foundation, an international health organization whose doctors have performed life-changing/life- saving surgeries on nearly 700 orphans in China.

David received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University, where he was twice the recipient of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit institution’s highest honor for academic and social leadership. He is a licensed CPA in the states of Texas and New York.

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