Big Five firm Deloitte & Touche has announced the appointments of 16 women to senior positions. With these appointments, the firm has taken a significant step to increase female representation at high levels, a commitment it made publicly earlier this year with the release of a long-range plan for women's advancement called Vision 2005.
"We are in a highly competitive, information-based profession in which the talent of our people – their intellectual capital - is the single most significant determinant of our success," said James E. Copeland, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche and its global organization, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
"Accessing the unique talents of all of our people – women and men – is an absolute prerequisite to continued success," Mr. Copeland continued. "We are not yet where we should be in terms of representation of women at senior levels, but we're making progress. Globally, nationally and regionally, women are leading engagements and practices, launching and building new service lines and impacting the future success of the firm. Currently, there are more than 100 women partners in such key positions and we plan to increase that number."
"Talented leaders of both genders are needed at Deloitte & Touche," said Sue Molina, a tax partner who is national director of Deloitte & Touche's Initiative for the Advancement of Women. "Our women need to see that they can reach high-level positions at the firm. People do their best work when they know they have no limits to their success. That's why we give high-talent women access to opportunities that can lead to success, such as leadership training and access to engagements that get noticed. We need women leaders because a diversity of voices must be represented, heard, and allowed to influence our operation and future. More diversity at the top will result in more inclusiveness, innovation, and client satisfaction."