Life at Deloitte

Leaders & shapers

Visionaries who founded our profession

For more than a century, Deloitte LLP has been led by a series of extraordinary men and women who shaped a culture of client service that exceeds expectations. They were the visionaries who founded the profession. They were innovators who not only adapted the organizations and their services to deliver solutions for clients' ever-changing needs, but also led the way in the evolution of accounting's history.

Barry Salzberg, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
Barry Salzberg served as Deloitte LLP CEO from 2007-2011 and global Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) from 2011-2015. As DTTL CEO, Salzberg led and managed the Executive and set the strategic direction of the Deloitte Global network.

Sharon Allen, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte LLP
Sharon L. Allen served as Chairman of the Board of Deloitte LLP from 2003-2011, the first and only woman ever to serve as chairman of a large, private US professional services organization.

James E. Copeland, Jr.; CEO, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP; CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Jim Copeland retired as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (now Deloitte LLP) and as CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) on May 31, 2003. As CEO, Jim guided DTT and its member firms through a period of the greatest revenue growth in the organization’s history and oversaw the move from its being the fifth to the second-largest professional services organization in the world.

J. Michael Cook, Chairman & Chief Executive, Deloitte Haskins & Sells
In 1986, the year he was appointed chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, J. Michael Cook succeeded Charles Steele as chairman and chief executive of Deloitte Haskins & Sells, a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche LLP. He was just 43. His determination to provide peerless client service and his focus on core industries revitalized the firm.

Edward A. Kangas, Managing Partner, Touche Ross
Edward A. Kangas was both a proponent and a prime example of the new breed of accountant as business person at the end of the last century. In 1985, Kangas was named managing partner, and, with J. Michael Cook, helped create Deloitte & Touche.

W. Grant Gregory, Co-Managing Partner, Touche Ross
In 1982, W. Grant Gregory joined J. David Moxley to form a two-man leadership team of Touche Ross. Gregory's numerous contributions to the accounting profession included serving as director of the National Association of Accountants.

J. David Moxley, Co-Managing Partner, Touche Ross
In 1982, J. David Moxley joined W. Grant Gregory to form a two-man leadership team of Touche Ross. As co-managing partner, he was responsible for the administrative aspects of running the firm. In 1983, he was elected managing director of Touche Ross International.

Charles Steele, Managing Partner, Haskins & Sells
A vocational test propelled Steele into accounting. He went on to win the Elijah Watt Sells Gold Medal. In 1978, Steele was appointed managing partner of Haskins & Sells, a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche.

Russell Palmer, Managing Partner, Touche Ross
In 1972, 37-year-old Russell Palmer took over the leadership of Touche Ross, a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche, becoming the youngest managing partner of a Big Eight firm. He demonstrated the strength of his vision by leading the firm through a decade of expansion and was also a driving force behind the growth of management consulting.

Michael Chetkovich, Managing Partner, Haskins & Sells
"It's far better to try to achieve impossible standards than it is to lower those standards to match performance—even if that might be more realistic." This comment by Michael Chetkovich characterized his career with Haskins & Sells, a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche and his leadership of the firm from 1970 to 1978.

Robert Trueblood, Chairman, Touche Ross
Robert Trueblood, chairman of the Deloitte & Touche predecessor firm of Touche Ross from 1963 until his death in 1973, was remarkable for his impact on the profession. He was awarded the Elijah Watt Sells Silver Medal in 1941, was president of the AICPA from 1965 through 1966 and served on the President's Commission on Budget Concepts during the Johnson administration.

John William Queenan, Managing Partner, Haskins & Sells
In 1931, John Queenan was awarded the gold medal of the Illinois Society of CPAs for scoring the highest grade on the state CPA examination. That performance was an accurate predictor of his career at our predecessor firm of Haskins & Sells, which took him from Newark to Chicago and then to the firm's national office. He was appointed managing partner in 1956, a position he held until retiring in 1970.

Philip Ross, Managing Partner, Touche Niven
In 1879, Ross and his friend James Court gathered 11 other accountants in Montreal's Mechanic's Hall. The group determined to bring order to the profession by forming an association and seeking a charter that would allow them to restrict the use of the term "chartered accountant."

George Bailey, Managing Partner; Touche, Niven, Bailey & Smart
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, George Bailey worked as an accountant for many years in Cleveland and Detroit. In 1947, he established his own firm. Later that year he joined forces with A.R. Smart and Touche Niven, a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche.

Jennie Palen, principal and pioneer
After receiving her New York certificate on July 9, 1923, Palen joined a Deloitte & Touche predecessor firm. She was appointed a principal in 1935, the first such appointment among the leading accounting firms. Palen was also the first woman to head a department at a leading accounting firm.

Arthur Hazelton Carter, Managing Partner, Haskins & Sells
Arthur Hazelton Carter earned distinction both as a soldier and as a civilian. He began his career in the military and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel by the end of World War I. After the war, Carter was persuaded to join his father-in-law's firm, a predecessor firm of Deloitte & Touche. In 1930, at the age of 43, Carter became managing partner, a position he held for over a decade.

John Ballantine Niven, Managing Partner, Touche Niven
John Ballantine Niven was the son of Alexander Thomas Niven, who helped found the world's first society of public accountants in Edinburgh in 1854. The younger Niven claimed he never had any doubts about his choice of profession. He surely never had any regrets.

George A. Touche, Founder
George A. Touche apprenticed as an accountant in Edinburgh before traveling to London and qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1883. After practicing for six years, he was appointed secretary of the Industrial and General Trust. This appointment was his first involvement with investment trusts, a field in which he would become an acknowledged expert.

William Welch Deloitte, Founder
William Welch Deloitte established an accounting practice in London at age 25 and quickly proved to be an innovator. He helped develop a system that formed the basis for the English railway accounts, as well as a system of hotel accounting that became standard in the field.

Elijah Watt Sells, Founder
A native of Muscatine, Iowa, Elijah Watt Sells' talent and diligence took him to the top of his profession. By 1893, after working for a number of railroads, Sells had earned a substantial reputation as an accountant, as evidenced by his appointment to the Dockery Commission.

Charles Waldo Haskins, Founder
Charles Waldo Haskins was born in 1852 into a renowned American family (his uncle was Ralph Waldo Emerson). In 1886, he set up his own accounting business in New York City, and went on to found Haskins & Sells, a Deloitte & Touche predecessor, with his partner, Elijah Watt Sells.

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