Sharon Thorne

Global Chair, Deloitte

Sharon is the Chair of the Deloitte Global Board. She has 36 years of experience auditing and advising clients across a broad range of sectors and has spent more than three decades on boards.

An advocate for collective action on environmental sustainability and climate change, Sharon regularly engages with global leaders from businesses, governments, and NGOs, and frequently speaks about ESG-related matters in public forums. She is a strong believer in the need for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in business and civil society, and she has long championed greater diversity in senior leadership roles to build a more equitable future for all.

Prior to leading the Deloitte Global Board, Sharon held a number of executive roles including Deputy CEO and Managing Partner Global & Strategy of Deloitte North West Europe. Sharon was a Deloitte UK audit partner for 20 years and has extensive experience serving as lead audit partner for FTSE-listed clients and coordinating services around the globe. She also has significant advisory experience, including two secondments to Deloitte UK’s financial advisory business and helping her clients with various mergers & acquisitions activities.

Sharon is a current member of the A4S Advisory Council, the Social Progress Imperative Board, the World Economic Forum Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society Stewardship Board, the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council, and the 30% Club. Sharon’s previous board experience includes six years on the Confederation of British Industry Board of Directors, four years as a Trustee for Prostate Cancer UK, nine years on the Deloitte Global Board of Directors, and six years on the Deloitte UK Board of Directors.

Sharon graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics; and she is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She lives in the UK with her husband John and their two dogs, has three grown-up stepdaughters, and enjoys watching Manchester United and playing golf.

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