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Career Journey: Chris Blackburn

The role that’s on call and in demand

Chris Blackburn has a reputation. And it’s one he’s proud of, even if he never expected it. He’s widely known at Deloitte as a go-to for anything related to internal controls, and for good reason. He has extensive knowledge of the subject matter and its intricacies.

It’s exciting to know that clients are looking to me for insight and experience—a resource— to help inform a course of action. They know I’m bringing insights—not just my own, but experiences from others at Deloitte. And it’s rewarding to work with the decision-makers of Fortune 500 companies.

— Chris Blackburn, senior manager, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Specializing, unexpectedly

Coming to Deloitte over a decade ago, Chris was excited about the opportunity to build on his experience in public accounting. At that time, he had no idea he’d eventually find himself fielding calls from audit teams all over the country and emerging as a subject matter specialist on internal controls over financial reporting. Chris works to assist numerous Deloitte teams. He’s available to consult on short-term or long-term project engagements, helping to serve clients across most every industry.

Teach and be taught

During any given week, Chris can be found traveling to client sites—he’s been to at least 35 states in the last couple of years—or conducting presentations by telephone, or taking calls from his colleagues. But he’s quick to point out that he learns as much from the people he works with as he teaches them. He loves the opportunity to brainstorm as a group, identifying issues and thinking through how to help clients prevent similar issues in the future. Because there aren’t always textbook answers, his work takes good collaboration and creative thinking too.  

Work that matters

Chris is proud to work in an area that enhances trust in the capital markets. And he enjoys doing such important work for Deloitte. In his words, the organization has a reputation that precedes it. He’s earning one too.

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