Sharon Thorne

Global Chair, Deloitte

Sharon is the Chair of the Deloitte Global Board. She has 34 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 (NWE), Deloitte UK Managing Partner Talent, and Deloitte UK Managing Partner Regional Markets. Between 2015 and 2019, Sharon was the executive sponsor for the creation of Deloitte NWE, a key pillar of Deloitte’s strategy to increase capabilities to serve clients consistently globally and attract the best global talent.
Sharon was a Deloitte UK audit partner for 20 years and has extensive experience serving as lead audit partner for FTSE-listed and large private 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 M&A activities.

Sharon is currently a 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 the Confederation of British Industry, Prostate Cancer UK and a number of Deloitte boards including Global, UK and Denmark.

Sharon graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics. 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, and enjoys spending time with them and her three grown stepdaughters. She follows Manchester United and loves playing golf when she can.

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