By Liz Warren-Pederson
“UA has consistently been a top source of talent for us,” he said. “And I’m only ‘allowed’ to go to campuses where the students are exceptional.”
Black said that on recruitment visits, he has three priorities. These include connecting with faculty and administrators about possible collaborations and how the education that students are receiving is relevant in practice; talking with the local EY team about shaping recruitment strategy on the ground; and connecting with students. “At EY, we have a new brand, and it’s important for students to understand our strategy and that means to them.”
EY, he said, is not your father’s accounting firm. “One of the things we are known for is being well-connected globally,” he pointed out. The company is a global leader in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services, employing over 167,000 people in 140 countries around the world. The rebranding from Ernst & Young to EY came about in part to better serve international markets for whom the heritage name didn’t roll off the tongue.
Black characterized EY culture as revolving around high-performing teams that are focused on a collective purpose. “Everything we do contributes to building a better working world,” he said.
Black has been recruiting on college campuses for EY for more than 15 years. He began his career with the company in 1994 as an auditor, and he has never looked back. A licensed CPA with direct experience serving clients, he is passionate about building the future of business by providing opportunities to the best and brightest young talent and leveraging their considerable skills. Black earned a master’s degree in human resources from Fordham University in 2002 and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Binghamton in 1994. He currently services on the board of the National Association of Colleges and Employers; he is currently serving a year-long term as president.
Read his advice on how to get a foot in the door at EY.