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James E. Copeland, Jr.
CEO, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP 1999-2003 CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 1999-2003
Jim Copeland retired as Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (Deloitte & Touche USA) and its global parent, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) on May 31, 2003.
During his tenure, Jim guided Deloitte through a period of the greatest revenue growth in the organization’s history as the firm moved from the fifth to the second-largest professional services organization in the world. He also led a task force to define and articulate the Deloitte & Touche USA culture, which contributed to the organization becoming recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for each of the six years from 1998 through 2003. Jim also received recognition for advancing Deloitte & Touche USA’s Women’s Initiative and helped to lead the profession in the appointment of women to partner-level positions.
Jim currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for ConocoPhillips, Time Warner Cable and Equifax, Inc. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Audit Committee and on the Executive Committee of these companies. Previously, Jim served on the Board of Directors of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. where he chaired the Compensation Committee and Affiliated Transaction Committee and served on the Audit Committee and Directors Affairs Committee. Jim currently holds a Board position with the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. He is also on the Board of B.A.S.S., LLC (a privately owned company).
Jim currently serves as a Board member of the American Friends of the Phelophepa Health Care Train. Previously, he served as Senior Fellow for Corporate Governance with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as Global Scholar at Georgia State University’s Robinson School of Business, an International Councilor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on the Board of Directors of The September 11th Fund, the New York City Partnership, and the U.S.-Japan Business Council, as well as served on the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Board of Directors of Voices for Georgia’s Children. Jim was a member of the Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the Society of International Business Fellows.
Jim is a graduate of Georgia State University, and joined a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche USA in 1967. He became a partner in 1977, and assumed increasing levels of management responsibility, ultimately serving as vice-chairman and regional managing partner. In 1992, he was selected as vice-chairman. The organization's U.S. partners elected Jim to serve as National Managing Partner in November 1994. He was elected to the positions of Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in 1999.
Jim and Patricia, married since 1967, are both Georgia natives. They have two sons, Trip and David, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.