Ernst & Young appointed Andy Park as its new Los Angeles office management partner, a position where he will oversee 2,300 professionals.
Park will drive growth and promote the company’s inclusive, people-focused culture.
With offices around the world, Ernst & Young is one of the four major auditing firms. Ernst & Young dates back to the early 20th century and provides, among other things, auditing, financial accounting, tax, consulting and business risks.
As the son of Korean parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s, Park said his new role at Ernst & Youth is an excellent opportunity for him. Park was the first in his family to go to college and join Ernst & Young in 2005.
“It’s a huge honor to have this role,” Park said. “Given the fact that Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world, I hope that my job as office manager gives everyone who comes from a different background or immigrant parents (to feel) encouraged and motivated and (make sure they) are able to set high standards for their professional development in their careers.
Park served as a tax partner at Ernst & Young before being named an LA office reminder partner. The new role, he added, will not disrupt his role as a tax partner.
Patrick Niemann worked as a managing partner in LA for 10 years before Park.
“The leadership (in this role) may have changed, but our commitment to our city and our customers has not,” Park said. “Nothing has changed in terms of how we serve our customers and how we prioritize our people and customers.”
Park is heavily invested in creating a community and a common goal with Ernst & Young professionals in Los Angeles.
“What I plan to do is listen to our people, listen to our customers and hear what’s important to them and gather that insight and perspective,” Park said.
“Then I will focus on doing things together. It’s about what we want to do together for all our people here in LA and what we want to achieve together. “
The Ernst & Young Los Angeles office recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020, making the firm a long-standing presence in Los Angeles; however, the pandemic and a shift to a “new normal” pose a welcome challenge for Park and other EY professionals.
“Challenge for us means opportunity,” Park said. “We have a unique opportunity to evolve and question the ingrained work habits we created before the pandemic. We want to find new ways to work with and service our customers.
“We were able to demonstrate, as an organization, that our employees can successfully work externally. Even before the pandemic, we have always had a flexible culture where we allowed people to work in a way that makes sense to them.”
Referring to how to resolve the shift back to the workplace, Park said: “The pandemic really solidified that our flexibility works. As we return, we will question what ‘normal’ means and allow our people to have success in their (work).
“Our No. 1 priority is the health of our people. We want to ensure that they feel safe, protected and supported. If it means working in a flexible scheme, then we will push for it. ”
Diversity and inclusivity are key components for Ernst & Young and for Park as he takes on his new role.
“I now represent the 23,000 professionals at EY in Los Angeles. It is important for me to set the tone in inclusiveness and belonging, as I believe the tone is set at the top,” Park said.
At EY, we believe that embracing diversity not only makes us better, but also helps us serve our customers better. It’s not just diversity in cultures and backgrounds. It’s diversity in thinking and leadership skills. “And there’s no better time to be a leader and lead our team here in LA.”
Park attributed diversity and inclusivity as one of the factors that helped Ernst & Young’s long-term success. “At EY, diversity, justice and inclusion are at the heart of what we do,” he said.
“It is crucial to create long-term value and fulfill our purpose of building a better world of work. We embrace diversity and we are committed to ensuring that all our people feel they belong, are accepted and supported.
“I believe that feeling supported and accepted starts with being able to look up to your leadership team and be able to relate to them.”
Park’s plans are primarily people-focused, and he hopes to bring Ernst & Young professionals together by listening to them and creating a common goal.
“My priority is our people and our customers. I want to accomplish things together. I want to be on the same page and have a common goal that we all strive for,” Park said.
“I have spent a lot of time with our team members and listened to them because by creating a collective goal, it will become more meaningful and effective. I want to focus on our office culture and give our people our platform to connect with me and our customers. ”
Park emphasized his enthusiasm for what the future holds in his new role and his readiness to tackle the challenges of the pandemic.
“I am so excited about this change and I think our people here at EY are excited too,” he said. “We look forward to returning to what we used to call ‘normal’ and what it looks like now. We are pleased to take up this challenge and focus on what we have done over the last 100 years, as is to prioritize our customers and do what is right for them. ”