Helen Yu is the founder and CEO of Tigon Advisory, driving growth for tech companies from start-ups to global titans like Oracle and Adobe, and helps CEOs achieve multibillion-dollar revenue growth and record profitability.
She’s the board advisor to various fast-growth SaaS companies and is on the board of the Global Cybersecurity Association.
Helen has spoken at various global events and summits, including SXSW, TiECon, DMS, and Money2020.
She has also authored ‘Ascend Your Start-up: Conquer the 5 Disconnects to Accelerate Growth’, a book that won first place at the New York book festival, Firebird award and first place in Entrepreneurship & Small Businesses at American book festival in addition to achieving WSJ Best Seller.
Helen's CXO Spice Talk podcast is named as the top 70 podcast to listen to in 2022. An avid adventurer, Helen has trekked to Mt. Everest base camp and ice-climbed glaciers.
After her MBA in Finance from Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, Helen began her career in 1999 when she joined Hyperion as a Senior BPM Principal. In this role, she led numerous IT system implementation projects at Fortune 500 companies, including UBS, Principal Financials, Abbott, AT&T, MasterCard, JP Morgan Chase, MetLife, Allstate, Wells Fargo, AOL, Hilton, and Hyatt. Her extensive experience in project management and software implementation laid a solid foundation for her future endeavors.
After spending five years at Hyperion, Helen Yu took on the role of Director of the National Consulting Practice. This position allowed her to lead the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Business Intelligence (BI) solution selling team for financial services, communications, media, and energy verticals. With a team of 35 professionals under her guidance, she achieved remarkable results, doubling consulting sales within a year and growing the BI practice by over 50%. Helen consistently exceeded revenue and margin targets, showcasing her strategic mindset and ability to drive business growth.
In 2007, Oracle acquired Hyperion, and Helen continued her successful career within the company. She was promoted to lead the Business Intelligence consulting practice, overseeing a $25 million profit and loss (P&L) and managing a team of 35 professionals. During her tenure, Helen led the team to double consulting sales, achieve significant revenue growth, and consistently exceed margin targets. Her contributions played a vital role in the success of the BI practice.
Building on her expertise and accomplishments, Helen Yu transitioned to the role of Consulting Director for North America Consulting at Oracle. In this capacity, she focused on driving growth and profitability in the West and Central regions. Helen collaborated closely with sales leaders and alliance partners to develop strategic and retail verticals from the ground up. Her efforts resulted in an impressive 3x revenue growth in the first year and 5x growth in the second year, highlighting her ability to achieve exceptional results through strategic planning and execution.
Recognizing her outstanding leadership skills, Adobe recruited Helen Yu in 2011 as the Regional Director of North America Consulting. She was responsible for managing profitability and driving growth in the West and Central regions, working closely with sales leaders and alliance partners. Helen's strategic approach and partnership efforts resulted in a remarkable 3x revenue growth in the first year and an impressive 5x growth in the second year. Her contributions contributed significantly to Adobe's overall customer success and sales achievements.
Continuing her career journey, Helen joined Adobe Marketo in 2013 as Group Vice President of Global Services. She played a pivotal role in building the enterprise consulting business, eventually being promoted to the position of GVP of Global Services. In this role, she oversaw global professional services, global training, and account management. Helen led her team to achieve the highest customer retention dollar and percentages in Marketo's history, driving significant growth in both enterprise and overall company annual recurring revenue (ARR). Her strategic mindset and focus on customer success contributed to the company's success before its acquisition by Vista Equity.
In addition to her leadership roles in various organizations, Helen Yu has actively served on advisory boards and board of directors. She has provided strategic guidance and oversight to companies such as Pypestream, Jebbit, and KeenFolks. Furthermore, she has made valuable contributions to the Global Cybersecurity Association, serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and contributing to the development of strategies to counter cybercrime and advance cybersecurity resilience.
Helen Yu has published a range of insightful articles and works on various topics. In an article titled "Could the Pandemic Be an ESG Wake-Up Call?" published on Thinkers360 in August 2020, she discusses the impact of the pandemic on corporate America and emphasizes the importance of implementing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics. She suggests that companies should view the pandemic as a wake-up call and highlights the benefits of having a strong ESG initiative in place to mitigate risks and ensure long-term profitability.
In another article titled "Close the Marketing and Sales Gap, and You'll Close More Deals" published on MarketingProfs in June 2020, Helen emphasizes the need for alignment between sales and marketing teams. She discusses the importance of providing sales teams with dynamic, tailored content and highlights the negative impact of presenting irrelevant information to buyers. The article provides insights on maximizing the partnership between sales and marketing departments to unlock growth potential.
Helen also authored an article titled "Who Will Protect Your Customer," published on LinkedIn in April 2020. In this piece, she emphasizes the significance of customer service and how companies should prioritize protecting and serving their customers. She emphasizes the role of companies in providing support, especially during times of uncertainty, and becoming trusted partners to help customers thrive.
Helen Yu envisions a future where businesses and technology work harmoniously to drive sustainable and meaningful change. With a focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, she strives for a world where corporations integrate responsible practices into their core operations.
Her vision is to see companies embracing ESG metrics not just as a compliance requirement, but as a strategic imperative for long-term profitability and resilience. By raising awareness about the power of ESG and advocating for its implementation, Helen aims to inspire a paradigm shift in corporate culture, where sustainability and social impact are integral to business strategies.
In a recent interview with Dinis Guarda, Helen said:
“There are only two options when it comes to digital transformation: disrupt or be disrupted. That’s exciting! It’s exciting to think that we can CHOOSE growth for our organizations, CHOOSE to scale our companies, CHOOSE to win”.
“I’ve been lucky throughout my career to be in the crossfire of “the way we’ve always done it” and “what do we need to do to prepare for the future.” Digital transformation is the bridge between these two worlds. “AI, Blockchain, IoT, Cybersecurity, and Marketing automation are all huge parts of digital transformation. They affect everyone across an organization. Technology does not live in a world by itself. Making technology and humanity mutually exclusive is like cutting off oxygen from a plant. It won’t survive and neither with technology if it is thought of exclusively”.
“AI and Blockchain are both overhyped technology in my opinion. In general, there is a lack of understanding of how they apply to the real world and sometimes the fear and the psychological impact of it. AI turns into “accelerated investment” for many companies. Companies need to focus more on what problems they want to solve and understand the root cause of the issues prior to jumping into digital transformation initiatives”.
Recognition and Awards
- About Helen Yu l CEO World Magazine
- Team l Tigon Advisory
- Helen Yu, CEO/Founder at Tigon Advisory On UI/UX, Marketing & Digital Transformation l IntelligentHQ
- Helen Yu Author Profile l Tatler Asia
- HELEN YU, CEO FOUNDER TIGON ADVISORY l IrishTechNews
- Interview with Helen Yu CEO, Founder At Tigon Advisory l citiesabc
- Thought Leader and Influencer Interview with Helen Yu, Founder and CEO, Tigon Advisory l Thinkers 360
- Ascend Your Start-Up: Conquer the 5 Disconnects to Accelerate Growth l Amazon
- Helen Yu: Forward Focused Episode 2 l Pypestream
- Manufacturing's Digital Revolution l Helen Yu YouTube Channel
- CXO Spice_FinTech Innovation l Helen Yu YouTube Channel
- Five Things You Need To Create A Highly Successful Startup l An interview with Paul Moss
- Helen Yu Profile l IBM
- Helen Yu, Founder and CEO, TigonAdvisory l Enterprise Project
- Interview With Dinis Guarda l Dinis Guarda YouTube Podcast
- Helen Yu Article l Marketing Profs
- Helen Yu Profile l Global Cybersecurity Association
- How the Art of Listening Transforms the Customer Experience | CEO World
- Becoming “cloud smart” — the path to accelerated digital innovation | Information Age
- How to Conquer the 5 Disconnects to Accelerate Growth? | Digitalfirstmagazine