EVP, Product & Technology, National Geographic Partners
Marcus East is the chief technology officer and EVP, product and technology for National Geographic Partners. He is responsible for the organization’s digital product and technology teams, including embracing the power of the cloud as an alternative to traditional applications and developing a new platform called “CHIP,” driven by micro-services and the use of server-less computing.
Half of East's career has been spent working for major technology companies, including IBM and Apple, where he learned how to build world-class technology. For the other half of his career, East worked with a number of major consumer-facing brands, such as Marks and Spencer, helping them to harness the power of IT.
During his time living in Silicon Valley, East developed a deep knowledge of agile and learned about successful approaches to innovation and digital technology; his experience at Apple helped him understand the importance of new technologies and techniques in developing compelling consumer experiences.
East holds a bachelor’s degree from London Guildhall, where he majored in management and information technology, and a master’s in management from the University of Cambridge; he is also a Fellow of the BCS Chartered Institute for IT.
East was born in London and attended the Latymer Grammar School in his native Enfield. He also served as Councilor for Enfield Chase ward from 2010-2014.