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Leadership and governance

The Deloitte organisation comprises Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global), member firms of Deloitte Global and each of their related entities in more than 150 countries and territories and has governance and management structures in place at the Deloitte Global, member firm and local levels.

The Deloitte Global Board of Directors

The Board of Directors addresses Deloitte Global’s most important governance issues, including approval of the global strategy, major policies, major transactions and the selection of the Deloitte Global CEO.

Board composition is diverse in terms of geography, with Board members living in 14 countries and has proportionate representation of Deloitte member firms. Gender and business background are considered by member firms as they designate individuals to these positions. The Global Board has 21 members, with women making up 38% of the Board. Deloitte Global Chair Sharon Thorne began her four-year term of office on 1 June 2019.

Except for the Deloitte Global CEO and Deloitte Global Chair, all Deloitte Global Board members are active member firm partners. No Deloitte Global Board members hold any other significant positions and commitments in other commercial organisations. More information about Deloitte Global Board members is available here.

The Board has several committees to support its oversight and governance work, including:

  • CEO Nominating (cyclical)
  • Compensation
  • Finance & Audit
  • Risk & Ethics
  • Stewardship
  • Succession Planning
  • Technology & Transformation Ad Hoc Committee

The Board and Chair receive input from the Deloitte Global Independent Non-Executive (INE) Advisory Council, a group consisting of independent non-executives who are directors of member firm boards. The group provides advice and insights on a variety of matters, including strategy, planning, public policy, quality, risk and regulatory matters and broader stakeholder engagement.

The Deloitte Global Executive

The Deloitte Global Executive, currently composed of 22 senior leaders from Deloitte Global and select Deloitte member firms, is responsible for embedding Deloitte’s Purpose and advancing its strategic business priorities. The Executive also sets policies and champions initiatives that help Deloitte make an impact that matters for Deloitte clients, Deloitte people, communities and other stakeholders.

Deloitte Global Chief Executive Officer Punit Renjen, who began his second four-year term on 1 June 2019, leads the Executive. Women comprise 23% of the members of the Executive.

The Deloitte Global Operating Committee

The Deloitte Global Operating Committee provides a vital link between strategy and execution that helps Deloitte perform effectively and efficiently.

Deloitte Global Chief Operating Officer Mike Dougherty leads the Operating Committee. Its 18 members include Deloitte Global business operations and enabling area leaders and the largest Deloitte member firms’ chief operating officers. Women comprise 22% of the Operating Committee’s membership.

Member firm leadership

Deloitte member firms and in some cases their related entities, have their own leadership and governance bodies. To foster effective and responsive management within member firms, member firm management and governance bodies are required by policy to include:

  • A formal management structure, including an elected chief executive officer or managing partner who is responsible for managing the member firm and working with the member firm's leaders to align its strategies with those of the Deloitte organisation; and
  • A governing body, such as a board of directors, to facilitate sound governance.

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