Meet Craig Wigginton
Vice Chairman and U.S. Telecommunications Sector Leader
Craig Wigginton is vice chairman, the U.S. Telecommunications sector leader and a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He brings nearly 25 years of experience leading large, complex accounts across the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industry, with particular emphasis in the telecommunications sector. Craig’s principal focus has been providing audit, attest and enterprise risk services to both large and emerging companies. Additionally, he has led the integration of a range of Deloitte services, including tax, consulting and financial advisory.
Craig specializes across numerous channels in the telecom and broader TMT ecosystem, including:
- Mobile carriers
- Traditional wireline
- Handset manufacturers
- Cloud/data centers
- Equipment manufacturers
- Infrastructure ownership/management (i.e. tower companies)
As a key advisor to senior executives of telecom companies, he assists with developing strategic solutions to current critical sector issues, including:
- Rapid sector consolidation, including mergers and acquisitions
- The emergence of non-traditional entrants into the telecommunications ecosystem, including cable and Internet companies
- The continued explosion of data consumption and proliferation of smart devices and the rise of “the apps economy”
- The development of value-added services and new business models for carriers
- The return of value to shareholders, both through core operations as well as convergence and value added opportunities
In addition, a key area of focus for Craig is helping telecom companies explore growth opportunities through vertical markets that are now heavily leveraging mobile technologies, including health care, banking, mobile payments and retail.
During his tenure with Deloitte, Craig has developed a number of initiatives designed to help telecommunications companies thrive in a variety of market conditions. In past years, he has led Deloitte’s points of view around industry related technical accounting positions and auditing approach, conducted Web conferences, spearheaded the development of content related to internal control databases, and has worked with major global telecommunications companies to assess U.S. GAAP and SEC issues for entities associated with the U.S. capital markets.
Craig is a frequent speaker on telecom issues at major conferences and is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii State Societies of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting (formerly NJN). He holds a degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.