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January 14, 2020updated 29 Apr 2022 9:13am

Steve Varley appointed first EY Global Sustainability leader

By Zoya Malik

EY announced the appointment of Steve Varley as EY Global Vice Chair – Sustainability effective 1 July 2020. In this newly-created global role, Varley will be responsible for creating and driving policies and programmes to help EY become a world leader in sustainable business solutions, practices and operations

Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO says, “Sustainability is one of the key defining issues of our generation and we believe EY has a significant contribution to make in addressing today’s environmental challenges, supporting EY clients and our communities, as well as our global organisation. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong track record of delivering real change with governments, policy makers, EY clients and people”.

“De Sibio continued, “This appointment marks an inflection point for EY; we are poised to leverage the 284,000 EY people and our vast ecosystem – of clients and communities across more than 150 countries – to continue to build a better working world. I look forward to working with Steve in this new role.”

Varley brings 28 years’ experience across professional services to this role. Since 2011, he has been the EY UK & Ireland (UK&I) Regional Managing Partner and UK Chairman where his focus on quality, sustainability and innovation has contributed to the UK and Ireland becoming one of the top EY regions, with the UK accounting for a total of £2.45b in revenues and more than 15,000 EY people, and Ireland representing €200m and 1,400 respectively. Under his leadership over the past nine years, the UK&I region has achieved cumulative growth of 75% and Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.2%. Varley has worked closely with UK regulators and worked with EY clients on pressing business needs, including Brexit and technological disruption. His efforts have led to a fully gender balanced UK LLP Board, and more opportunities for minorities and non-degree school leavers.

Steve Varley adds, “We simply cannot stand still when it comes to protecting the environment and creating growth opportunities that are truly sustainable. I’m incredibly excited about leading this effort across EY to help drive progress towards a more sustainable future and build a better working world.”

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