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Diversity Leadership: Bob Moritz, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bob Moritz, PricewaterhouseCoopersBob Moritz
U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bob Moritz learned firsthand the importance of diversity and inclusion while working at PwC’s offices in Japan. “In Tokyo, I was the minority,” Moritz told DiversityInc. “If you’re overseas or in a country where no one speaks your language … you get a different perspective.”

The experience would greatly impact his approach to leadership and make diversity a priority when he was elected U.S. chairman in 2009. (In January 2013, Moritz was reelected to a second four-year term.) “I came to realize that people from different cultures approach problems from varying perspectives and that my way was not necessarily the right way,” says Moritz. “Certainly it was not the only way.”

Before becoming chairman, Moritz spent three years as U.S. Assurance Leader. He has also served as Managing Partner of the New York office and metro region. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from State University of New York at Oswego in 1985 and joined Price Waterhouse the same year. He made partner in 1995 and went on to lead the company’s Financial Services Audit and Business Advisory practice.

Moritz currently sits on the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council, chairs the Governing Board of the Center for Audit Quality and is on the board of trustees of The Conference Board. In addition, he is a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, is on the board of directors of the Oswego College Foundation, and is a partner of the Partnership for New York City. He lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with his family.