Former Global Chief Executive Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd
Samuel A. Di Piazza Jr. retired as global chief executive officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. in September 2009 after eight years of leading the largest professional-services firm in the world. Over his 36-year career at PwC, he led the U.S. firm as chairman and senior partner of the Americas tax practice and was a member of the global leadership team. After retiring from PwC, Mr. Di Piazza joined Citigroup where he served as vice chairman of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank from 2011 until February 2014. In this capacity, he served as the senior banker on many of the largest global clients of Citigroup, across multiple industry sectors and geographies. He also served in various leadership development roles while at Citi. He retired in 2014.
Mr. Di Piazza currently serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of the Mayo Clinic. He serves on the boards of AT&T Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., Regions Financial Group and ProAssurance Inc., all NYSE-listed companies. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Inner-City Scholarship Fund of New York City and the UN Global Compact. He is a member of the executive committee of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, a member of the board of Seton Education Partners Inc. and the Partnership for Inner-City Education in New York City. Mr. Di Piazza has served as a trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, is past chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council on Sustainable Development, The Conference Board Inc., Junior Achievement Worldwide and the Financial Accounting Foundation. Mr. Di Piazza is one of the most highly quoted members of his profession, having presented at the Munich Economic Summit, the World Economic Forum, the National Summit in Detroit, the National Press Club, the St. Gallen Symposium, and numerous academic institutions. He has been widely interviewed in print and broadcast media, including the China Daily, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, and is a frequent commentator on issues of corporate reporting, transparency and the many facets of sustainable development. Mr. Di Piazza received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama and an M.S. from the University of Houston. Mr. Di Piazza is the co-author of “Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting.”