New CEO role for Cowra’s Kylie Wright-Ford

Former Cowra resident and author Kylie Wright-Ford has been named as the new CEO of the Reputation Institute (RI), “the world’s leading provider of reputation measurement, management and intelligence services”.  

Kylie, the daughter of Kevin and Del Wright, has spent almost 15 years working for various global companies in the United States and United Kingdom. 

After joining the company on June 10, she said she hopes to further the growth of RI. 

“I am intrigued and excited by the growth prospects for Reputation Institute,” she said. 

“There has never been a more inmportant time in history for companies and their leadership teams to think about the impact of their decisions on a company’s reputation among its employees, shareholders and customers. 

“I look forward to driving the business to new heights alongside a very talented team.”

Kylie was previously the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for World 50, a company that manages private peer communities enabling CEOs and C-level executives from globally respected organisations to stay ahead. 

Prior to working with World 50, she was part of the leadership team at New York-based Gerson Lehrman Group for seven years. 

She is also the co-author of The Leadership Mind Switch, a book about leadership in the fourth industrial revolution, which she launched in Cowra in July 2017. 

She said the book was designed to inspire those in business to become more open-minded about difference. 

“The book is about ways to be more open and accepting of different ways of doing things ultimately and how to embrace instead of resist change,” she said. 

“It takes two to actually make change.”

2017 also saw Kylie receive a home grown honour, earning a spot in Cowra High School’s Hall of Renown. 

Kylie was born and raised in Morongla on a farm called “Rockley” and spent her school years at Cowra Primary and Cowra high. 

She wanted to be a vet growing up but ended up pursuing her second field of interest in economics.

Setting off for the University of New England in Armidale after finishing school Kylie had no idea where it would all lead but was excited for the adventure of living somewhere new and meeting interesting people.

In her third year of university she spent a year abroad in California which fostered her already emerging passion for seeing the world. 

Kylie describes herself as “a restless soul that loves to see new places”.