Robert E. Moritz
Bob Moritz is the Chairman and Senior Partner of the US firm of PwC. He is also a member of the PwC global network leadership team, which includes the senior partners from the network’s four largest territories. Prior to July 2009, Bob served as the Assurance Leader of the US firm from 2006 to 2009; and from 2004 to 2006 was the Managing Partner of the New York office and New York Metro Region.
Bob joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the New York Metro Region Financial Services Leader. From 2001 to 2004, he led the Financial Services Audit and Business Advisory practice, which includes the banking, capital markets, insurance, investment management, and real estate sectors.
Bob served a three-year tour in PwC Tokyo, providing audit and advisory services to numerous European and US-based financial services organizations operating in Japan.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of CPAs and the New Jersey State Society of CPAs. He is the chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board and board member of the Oswego College Foundation. Other board memberships include the Atlantic Council, the Conference Board and the Partnership for New York City.
Bob resides in Westchester County, New York and has two children.
PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We are a member of the PwC network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people. We’re committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/US. Our firm has a long-standing history of delivering exceptional services to our clients and providing an incomparable professional experience for our people. At PwC our Purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. Corporate Responsibility (CR) is a key element of our Purpose. It’s important that we play a role in constructing and delivering solutions to the immense challenges faced by society. At the heart of our CR strategy is PwC’s Earn Your Future our five-year, $190 million commitment to better prepare students to make responsible financial decisions and contribute to a healthier U.S. economy.
Helping students develop fundamental 21st century and STEM-related skills is critical to the health and competitiveness of our economy. According to PwC’s 19th annual Global CEO Survey, strategic thinking and adaptability were cited by an overwhelming number of business leaders as critical skills needed by tomorrow’s CEOs. The combination of critical thinking, analytical skills, communication and creativity associated with STEM education will not only help students with important life decisions, but will also better prepare students to rise to the challenge of job demands. Tomorrow’s leaders, businesses, educators and communities must come together to provide solutions and introduce STEM-related courses to today’s students at an early age, and with greater frequency. It’s an economic imperative, and a personal one each of us must own.
Youth education is one of the most important issues facing our country today. At PwC, we are making investments in education to support the needs of the future workforce by leveraging our greatest asset – our people – to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of millions. We create an environment that enables our people to succeed by providing quality learning and development programs, a flexible work environment, and opportunities to develop leadership outside of work by supporting philanthropic interests both in and out of the office. More than ever before, partners and staff want to make a difference and help solve social issues. Creating opportunities for them to do so only increases their level of engagement with the firm and helps them to better identify with our Purpose, which is to build trust in society and solve important problem. Through PwC’s Earn Your Future, we’re providing opportunities for our people to bring their passion and skills into the community and demonstrate leadership through diverse educational and life-building experiences that inspire them. With PwC’s support, our people are serving on local youth nonprofit boards, teaching and mentoring students and delivering pro bono services to nonprofits, all of which provide greater opportunity to engage more of our professionals in giving time and talent. This shared value—the benefit to the individual, our local communities as well as the brand of PwC—is the foundation of our investments.
In June 2012, PwC launched Earn Your Future, a five-year, $160 million commitment of funding, skills-based volunteering, teacher training opportunities and no-cost curricula developed by experienced educational researchers. In April 2015, PwC extended Earn Your Future by an additional $30 million, increasing its overall commitment to $190 million. It’s a commitment unlike any we’ve made before at PwC, and what makes me most proud is that it puts our people in front of it. Rather than participating in activities with short-term outcomes, our focus on youth education revolves around leveraging the time and talents of our people to make long-term, meaningful impact. Through this initiative, we’re providing hands-on instruction teaching students in the classroom, reaching them virtually via a college and career readiness mobile app, delivering pro bono work and measuring our efforts along the way. Working with Knowledge@Wharton High School, we’re helping educators increase their confidence and teaching skills around financial and business education. Ours is a comprehensive approach, authentic to who we are as a firm that extends across the learning continuum, starting with learning readiness and availability of learning resources, core math skills, financial education, college and real-world engagement preparation and lifelong-learning that empowers students.
The intersection of technology and education continues to be a key driver of innovation and a necessary component to sustaining healthy and innovative societies and economies. In order to grow our economy and continue to be at the top of global innovation, we must continue raising the education bar and drawing youth to STEM-related disciplines through real and relevant experiences that excite them. This requires vested interest and thoughtful collaboration to advance access and opportunity for students from a diverse set of backgrounds. As an example, the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. is investing in the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation to provide higher education need-based scholarships to children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, of which 45 percent of the recipients are pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and health sciences.
We can encourage students to continue the study of STEM subjects by collectively stepping up to the plate and taking the long view on making investments. We believe the first step is increasing students’ beliefs in their own abilities to succeed in STEM-related subjects and careers through inspiring and engaging STEM-related experiences. For PwC, we use our employees’ core skill set to focus on improving financial literacy — skills our future leaders need for tomorrow, regardless of the position they might hold. Our Earn Your Future initiative helps to not only improve students’ core math skills, but also develop self-confidence through positive mentoring experiences with our staff and exposure to engaging content, making learning fun. Other companies might offer internships and job-shadowing programs, allowing youth to experience the types of promising careers that await them. By increasing their confidence, we have the opportunity to change student outcomes and improve the abilities or potential of our future workforce. Another area where we all can improve is mentoring and developing talent, and creating opportunities for this talent within organizations. One example of this at PwC is Women In Technology, an internal resource group, which is designed to be an accelerator for enhancing inclusiveness and supporting our internal culture of innovation around technology. Through this group, we’re paring mentors with mentees to build leadership skills, gain visibility and network.
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