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PwC UK announces changes to Management Board

06 Jan 2022

PwC UK has announced changes to the leadership of its core business divisions and management board effective from 1 January 2022.

Ian Elliott, who previously led the Forensic Services practice, becomes Chief People Officer, responsible for setting and delivering the strategy related to the firm’s 23,000 people and continuing transformation. 

Laura Hinton takes on the leadership of the Tax practice after being Chief People Officer for over five years. Laura’s new role includes leadership of the firm’s Legal and People and Organisation practices. 

Marissa Thomas becomes Chief Operating Officer, having held two other Management Board roles previously - Head of Deals and most recently the Head of Tax. 

Lucy Stapleton now leads the firm’s Deals practice responsible for Transaction Services, Corporate Finance, Business Restructuring and Forensics Services. 

Quentin Cole takes on Head of Industries after three years leading our Government and Health Industries practice.

Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC UK, said:

“Capitalising on different skills, experiences and perspectives of leaders across our business is core to our strategy. Our focus remains the same - bringing the strength of our people, capabilities and technology together to solve important problems, build trust and deliver sustained outcomes for our clients and communities.”  

In other moves: Dan Schwarzmann and Ken Walsh are standing down from the Management Board. Dan will continue to lead the successful market initiatives programme working closely with the Clients and Markets Executive. Ken will become the Managing Partner for the Middle East from 1 July 2022. After eight years on the Board as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Warwick Hunt is stepping back from the COO part of his role, while remaining on the Board and retaining his Managing Partner and EMEA responsibilities. 

Notes to editors:

PwC UK Management Board (alphabetical):

Kevin Ellis - Chairman and Senior Partner

Marco Amitrano - Head of Clients and Markets

Quentin Cole - Head of Industries

Ian Elliott - Chief People Officer

Ben Higgin - Head of Technology and Investments

Laura Hinton - Head of Tax

Hemione Hudson - Head of Audit

Warwick Hunt - Managing Partner 

Sam Samaratunga - Head of Risk

Carl Sizer - Head of Regions and Platforms

Lucy Stapleton - Head of Deals

Alison Statham - General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer

Paul Terrington - Head of Consulting

Marissa Thomas - Chief Operating Officer

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