Bob Moritz

Bob Moritz | 2015 AACSB Influential Leader

Bob  Moritz

Chairman and Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Honoree Year: 2015

Alma Mater:

SUNY College at Oswego

School of Business

United States

Area of Impact:

Financial Services

Bob Moritz is chair and senior partner of PwC, the second largest accounting firm in the U.S. with over 39,000 employees, generating annual revenue of 11 billion USD. In 2009, Moritz was elected by the U.S. partnership to serve as chair, and he was re-elected in January 2013 to serve another four-year term. He is a member of the PwC global network leadership team, which includes the senior partners from the network's four largest territories. Moritz served as the assurance leader of the U.S. firm from 2006 to 2009, and from 2004 to 2006 he was the managing partner of the New York office and metro region. Moritz participates in a number of boards, including the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council, the board of trustees of The Conference Board, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Partnership for New York City, and the Oswego College Foundation. Additionally, he chairs the Governing Board of the Center for Audit Quality.

As a leader of such a large accounting firm, Moritz has advocated for gender equity, diversity, work-life balance, and talent development. Mortiz’s commitment to quality-of-life issues for employees has been demonstrated by PwC’s ranking by career specialists For the past three years, Vault has ranked PwC as the No. 1 accounting firm based on firm culture, work-life balance, compensation, business outlook, training opportunities, and prestige.  

As women continue to be underrepresented in corporate leadership, Moritz has advocated for policies that promote women in business. Together with Sheryl Sandberg, he has urged companies to develop policies that allow women to reach their potential. Through public forums organized to promote women in leadership, Moritz has helped raise consciousness of policies that can promote gender equity.

Moritz has also been a vocal advocate for diversity in the workplace. As he noted in a December 24, 2013 interview with Knowledge@Wharton, “Diversity, in and of itself, and inclusiveness are a huge priority for me personally…. And that could be across cultures, gender, race and sexual orientation. It does not matter. And, as a result, we at PwC try to then profile ourselves as we think about the type of people we are recruiting and the inclusive environment [they need to] individually succeed.”

Moritz has also identified talent development as a key factor in maintaining a dynamic and productive economy. As he noted in a November 2012 Huffington Post article, “80 percent of U.S. CEOs are worried about the growing talent gap in our country.” Moritz goes on to point out, “This is a problem we can solve. And by ‘we,’ I mean educators, businesses and policymakers working together.” Through internships, mentoring, and public sector/private sector partnerships, people entering the workforce can obtain the skills. Moritz has helped put programs in place for PwC and he has challenged other corporate leaders to do the same.