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Deloitte Elects First Female CEO

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Deloitte has become the first Big4 accounting firm to elect a female CEO. Cathy Engelbert has been with the firm since 1986 and is presently the CEO and chairman of the firm’s auditing unit. Engelbert is 50 years old and will begin her new role March 11.

Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, president and CEO of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) commented:

“This is a momentous occasion for the CPA profession. Cathy has demonstrated great ability


Cathy Engelbert

and tremendous leadership during her career with Deloitte. Her partners have responded by making her the first female CEO of a Big 4 firm in the profession’s history in the United States,” he said.

Engelbert received her accounting degree from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant as well as a  member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a former member of the Deloitte LLP Board of Directors.


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