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Junko Watanabe

Deloitte Asia Pacific Deputy Chair

Appointed: June, 2022

Resides: Japan

Age and gender: 61, female

Business background: Audit & Assurance

Industry: Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Current Deloitte appointments:

  • Deloitte Asia Pacific Deputy Chair
  • Deloitte Japan Board Observer
  • Deloitte Asia Pacific Board Transformation Committee Chair
  • Global Lead Service Client Partner (GLCSP) - various

Previous Deloitte appointments:

  • Deloitte Global CEO Nomination committee Co-Chair
  • Deloitte Asia Pacific Compensation Committee Chair and Japan Compensation Committee Chair
  • Deloitte Japan Board member
  • Deloitte Japan Audit Committee Chair

External appointments :

  • Member of a Japanese Financial Institution Advisory Committee


Junko Watanabe is Deputy Chair of Deloitte Asia Pacific, where she also chairs the Board Transformation Committee. She completed two terms as a Deloitte Japan Board member and currently serves as an observer for the Deloitte Japan Board. Junko held the positions of audit committee chair and compensation committee chair in Deloitte Japan, as well as the compensation committee chair for the Deloitte Asia Pacific Board.

Junko is the global lead client service partner (GLCSP) for Sony Corporation, and manages a portfolio of iconic clients.

Previously, she spearheaded the practice development function of the Tokyo Audit Division and played a key role in the TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecommunications) business unit practices at AERS in Japan. She has also taken on the GLCSP role for prominent accounts such as Orix and Fast Retailing, making significant contributions to securing audit wins for Fast Retailing.

Junko started her career at Price Waterhouse, auditing multinational companies like Sony Corporation, Nomura Securities, and IBM Japan. After working in planning at a food manufacturing company, she joined Deloitte in 2001, specializing in accounting, auditing, M&A, and advisory services for large multinational organizations, including IPOs and IFRS projects.

Junko is a US CPA and holds a graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She gained three years of work experience in New York with Price Waterhouse.