According to The Wall Street Journal, Deloitte LLP’s board has nominated Joseph Ucuzoglu, who leads the firm’s audit practice, as its official candidate to replace CEO Cathy Engelbert, who will apparently serve just one term.
The Journal, citing internal emails, reports that Janet Foutty, head of Deloitte’s consulting business, was nominated to be U.S. chairman. Both candidates are subject to a vote by Deloitte’s partners and principals early next year.
The board chose Ucuzoglu after deciding earlier this year not to nominate Engelbert for a second term. The Journal reported in June that the move stunned partners.
“Until this week, there was still a chance Ms. Engelbert’s name might be put back into consideration as part of Deloitte’s elaborate CEO-selection process,” writes reporter Michael Rapoport.
In an email the Journal obtained, Mike Fucci, Deloitte’s current U.S. chairman, said that while Ucuzoglu and Foutty are “the most qualified and best prepared candidates” to lead the firm, write-in candidates have been submitted to the board for consideration.
Engelbert says in a prepared statement that it had been “my privilege” to serve as CEO. “I am excited for the future and look forward to supporting a successful and smooth transition process to new leadership through the end of my term.”
Engelbert became the first woman CEO of a U.S. Big 4 firm when she took the job in 2015.