Deloitte Canada appoints Anthony Viel as next CEO

29 May 2019 Consulting.ca

Anthony Viel, or “AV” as he’s known within the firm, has been named CEO of Deloitte Canada. He steps into the role as the head of the largest professional services firm in Canada on June 2, starting a four-year term.

A native of Australia, Viel moved to Canada four years ago to take up a position as managing partner of the firm’s financial advisory practice. He also serves as the leader of the analytics offering in Canada, and heads the Greenhouse program – which blends behavioural science, design thinking, and strategy to solve client business challenges.

An expert in data analytics, Viel joined Deloitte Australia in 2000, where he held a number of leadership roles in forensics and financial advisory. His last role at Deloitte Australia before he moved to Canada in 2015 was managing partner, data agenda, where he drove business value for clients through data, analytics, and technology.

"We believe AV is the right choice to lead the next chapter of the firm's remarkable and 161-year long story as one of Canada's largest businesses," Duncan Sinclair, chairman of Deloitte Canada, said. "He is an impactful, passionate, and innovative leader who disrupts the status quo in pursuit of bold and focused growth. AV is committed to elevating our people, our clients, our communities, and our country."

Deloitte Canada appoints Anthony Viel as next CEO

Before joining Deloitte, Viel was a business development analyst at EnergyAustralia (the country’s largest energy retailer), and national intelligence and analytics leader at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. He holds a master of laws from the University of Sydney, and a master of applied finance and bachelor of economics in actuarial studies from Macquarie University.

Viel takes over as Canada CEO from Frank Vettese, who served in the role since 2012.

"Deloitte has undergone a significant transformation under the visionary leadership of Frank Vettese. He dared us to see ourselves differently and today we are worlds away from the firm Frank took over," Viel remarked. "I am proud to lead our firm over the next horizon. Equally, as a business leader, I am proud to wave the Canadian flag and make sure that the rest of the world understands what this great country has to offer."

Viel will also welcome new appointees to the executive leadership team, which includes Linda Blair (managing partner, Ontario, and chief experience officer), Tim Christmann (chief strategy and innovation officer), Iseo Pasquali (chief business and financial officer), Marc Perron (chief client officer), and Van Zorbas (chief culture and people officer).

The full executive team is 20 people, including Viel, and will deliver the firm’s strategy to 2023. The executive team is composed of 35% women, and 10% visible minorities. Viel has committed to fully reflecting the diversity of Canada’s population in Deloitte’s leadership teams by 2023.

Related: Canadian CEOs less optimistic in 2019, PwC survey finds


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