Robert Wong

Chief Creative Officer—Google

Robert Wong was born Chinese, grew up Dutch, was Canadian for a while, and is now American. About to finish a degree in accounting, Wong woke up one morning, flew to New York, and became a designer instead.

Since then, he has won virtually every creative award there is and has had the privilege of working on some of the world’s most loved brands—Apple, Harley-Davidson, Jack Daniel’s, Timberland, ESPN, NPR, MTV, and other acronyms. Before serving as chief creative officer at Google, Wong was the executive vice president and executive creative director at Arnold Worldwide.

Previously, Wong was vice president of creative at Starbucks, where he led the design of the brand’s experience globally. AdWeek recently referred to him as one of the foremost leaders in design. Wong received his MFA, Communication Design at Parsons School of Design, and is currently an MBA candidate at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. He has no plans of ever going back to accounting.

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