EY consultant Jessica Morrison wins gold at Tokyo Olympics

08 August 2021 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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EY in Australia now has a gold medal winner within its ranks. Jessica Morrison, a senior consultant at EY in its Sydney office, won gold in the women’s coxless four crews rowing event at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Australian women of Jessica Morrison, Annabelle McIntyre, Lucy Stephan and Rosie Popa made history last Wednesday when they held out the closing Dutch boat to add Olympic gold to their list of honours, finishing in the Olympic record time of 6:15:37. The crew are currently also the reigning world champions.

Kicking off a sequel of successful races for Australia’s Olympic rowing team (the women’s four was the first of the four medals that Australia won on the day in four successive races: gold, gold, bronze, bronze), the win was also of major significance for the women’s rowing sport worldwide.

EY consultant Jessica Morrison wins gold at Tokyo Olympics

For the past 30 years the coxless women’s four event was not part of the Olympics. For reasons lost in the fog of time, it was dropped as an event for women at the Olympics three decades ago but in a nod to gender equality was returned to the schedule for Tokyo.

One of the four gold medallists, Jessica Morrison, combines her professional sporting career with a job as a consultant at EY, the world’s third largest accountancy and consultancy firm. She has been with EY since May 2018 in its People Advisory Services practice (part of the Consulting division), promoted to senior consultant just three months ago.

As a consultant, Morrison helps her clients integrate the people agenda within their business strategy, with designing and implementing new human capital policies and solutions, with helping organisations make their teams and culture more agile and adaptable, and with preparing them for the post-Covid future of work.

Following her achievement, Morrison got a shout-out on social media from two of firm’s biggest bosses: Carmine Di Sibio (EY’s Global Chairman and CEO) and David Larocca (the CEO of EY in Australia).

Jessica Morrison, Annabelle McIntyre, Lucy Stephan and Rosie PopaCarmine Di Sibio took to Twitter to state: “Very excited to celebrate EY team member, Jessica Morrison’s gold medal this week in the women’s coxless four event in Tokyo! Congratulations Jessica!”

David Larocca took to LinkedIn to write: “So proud to see EY’s Jessica Morrison win gold in the women’s four rowing at the Tokyo Olympics. We are proud at EY to be able to support athletes like Jessica through our Athletes Program.”

Meanwhile, another Olympian of EY Australia, Tim Masters, competed in the Men’s Eight Rowing. His team reached the final, and finished sixth.

In its latest financial year, EY managed to grow 9 percent to lift its national revenues to $2.3 billion.