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Deloitte names first female chair of Global Board of Directors

Sharon Thorne has been named the designated incoming chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors, effective June 2019.

Thorne will be the first woman to take up this position at Deloitte.

She is currently deputy CEO and managing partner, Global & Strategy, of Deloitte North West Europe, where she has been responsible for the global dimension of Deloitte North West Europe’s strategy. She has over 30 years’ experience in audit.

She has significant governance experience, including nine years spent on the Deloitte Global Board, six years on the Deloitte UK Board, four years as chair of Deloitte CIS Holdings Ltd, and six years on the Board of the Confederation of British Industry.

She has also acted as the executive sponsor for the Deloitte UK LGBT+ network since 2010.

Thorne said: “As Global chair, my focus will be on evolving our governance model in support of our global strategic ambitions, and positioning the Board to stay ahead of the complex challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Thorne will succeed David Cruickshank, who has completed his four year term before which he served as chair of the Deloitte UK Board for eight years.

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