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Deloitte in Switzerland appoints Simon Owen as CEO

Zurich, 21 March 2016

Simon Owen has been appointed the new Chief Executive for Deloitte in Switzerland, effective 1 April 2016. He will succeed Howard Lovell who, after a career of more than 30 years in professional services, retires from Deloitte at the end of May 2016.

Simon is presently the Lead Client Service Partner for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical organisation headquartered in Switzerland and has been with Deloitte for nearly 20 years. He has previously held leadership roles for the firm relating to Innovation and Risk Advisory across EMEA and will join the Deloitte LLP Executive in London.

Reto Savoia has been appointed Deputy CEO of Deloitte in Switzerland. He has been part of the Swiss Leadership team since 2011 and is a member of the Board of Deloitte LLP. Under Reto’s leadership as Managing Partner for Tax, the practice has been awarded Swiss Tax Firm of the Year for the last three consecutive years.

“Not only is it an honour to be the CEO for the Swiss firm, I am also greatly excited about the potential for our business in Switzerland. We have incredible people, very exciting and innovative service offerings and a strong portfolio of global and national clients with whom we are having a real impact in helping them solve complex issues,” says Simon Owen.

Deloitte marked the 2015 financial year as the fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth. The firm’s revenue more than doubled in the last six years (CHF 532m in FY15 compared to CHF 262m in FY10) and headcount has significantly increased to nearly 1,500 people. Alongside a credible Audit practice, Deloitte boasts a market-recognised Tax business and the largest Advisory capability amongst the Big Four in Switzerland.

“I believe we have a rare opportunity to claim absolute leadership in many of our core competencies, and to keep building the Deloitte brand in Switzerland through client impact and market presence. I am really looking forward to working with Reto and the Executive team to deliver on this potential,” states Simon Owen.

Simon will be supported by a strong Executive team consisting of:

  • Thierry Aubertin, Managing Partner, Audit
  • Bjørnar Jensen, Managing Partner, Consulting
  • Jean-François Lagassé, Managing Partner, Financial Advisory
  • Mark Carter, Managing Partner, Risk Advisory
  • Jackie Hess, Managing Partner, Tax
  • Anna Samanta, Managing Partner, Talent
  • Nick Davies, Managing Partner, Growth, Strategy & Performance
  • Anna Celner, Managing Partner, International
  • Reto Savoia, Managing Partner, Clients & Markets / Deputy CEO
  • Stuart Diack, Quality, Risk & Security Leader


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About Deloitte in Switzerland

Deloitte is a leading accounting and consulting company in Switzerland and provides industry-specific services in the areas of audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory. With more than 1,500 employees at six locations in Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich (headquarters), Deloitte serves companies and institutions of all legal forms and sizes in all industry sectors. Deloitte AG is a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP, the UK member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). DTTL member firms comprise of over 225,000 employees in more than 150 countries.

Note to editors

In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte AG, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP, which is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries are leading business advisers, providing audit, tax, consulting and corporate finance services through more than 12,600 exceptional people across the UK and Switzerland. Known as an employer of choice for innovative human resources programmes, it is dedicated to helping its clients and people excel.

Deloitte AG is recognised by the Federal Audit Oversight Authority and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.

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