• Register
Return to: Home > News > Big Four > Deloitte US appoints first female Big Four CEO

Deloitte US appoints first female Big Four CEO

Deloitte US has named Cathy Engelbert chief executive officer, marking the first Big Four appointment of a woman leader in the country.

Having joined Deloitte in 1986, until recently Engelbert led the firm's audit practice; her appointment as chief executive officer and chairman will come into effect on 11 March 2015.

Engelbert is also a former member of both Deloitte's board of directors and its strategic investment, finance & audit, risk, and regulatory & government relations committees.

Engelbert's appointment also coincides with the election of consulting leader Mike Fucci to chairman of the board.

Commenting on her appointment, Deloitte chairman of the board praised Engelbert's experience of both working with regulators and advising some of the business's "largest and most complex global clients".

Deloitte's interim chief executive officer and soon to be chief operating officer Frank Friedman described Engelbert as having been "a formidable and influential industry presence during her many years at Deloitte.

"In electing the first female CEO in the industry, Deloitte continues to lead in fostering inclusive leadership," he said, adding that the firm was also the first to elect a minority chief executive officer, as well as a female chairman and minority chairman.

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) praised Deloitte's decision, with chief executive officer Barry Melancon describing Engelbert's appointment as "a momentous occasion for the CPA profession."

"Historically, ours is a profession that has promoted the blending of work and life for advancement along a variety of paths," he added, "Cathy will be a role model for future generations of female leaders in our profession."

Engelbert's appointment by Deloitte follows that of Cindy Hook; a member of Deloitte Australia's leadership team since 2009, she became the first female chief executive officer to lead a Big Four firm in the country in December last year.


Related articles:

Deloitte Australia first Big Four firm in the country to appoint female CEO

Top Content

    MSI joins AGN and DFK in Global Connect

    A year after AGN International and DFK International launched Global Connect, multi-disciplinary association MSI has joined the group.

    read more

    Views from the Eurozone

    With Brexit looming, populist governments gaining footholds in a number of countries and movements such as the Yellow Jacket protests in France, 2018 was anything but a quite year for the eurozone. Here leaders report to the IAB on their markets.

    read more

    Eastern promise and how to find it

    With China rising as a global power, Jonathan Minter spoke with ShineWing’s Zhang Ke and Marco Carlei at the World Congress of Accountants 2018 in Sydney, to discuss the cultural challenges that occur when Chinese networks look beyond their border, and the dividends available for those who overcome them.

    read more

    The UK: uncertain waves rule Britannia

    The UK’s accountancy profession is currently in a period of much uncertainty. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has released its review into the listed audit market which could cause the biggest shake-up the profession has seen in years, the Kingman Review has described the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as not being fit for purpose and called for it to be replaced. All the while the country remains in a deadlock on Brexit negotiations.

    read more
Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.