Authentic leaders talking openly about themselves and their journey so far

David Sproul

Senior Partner & CEODeloitte

Handling the rough with the smooth since heading up one of the "Big Four", the former COO of Arthur Andersen talks crisis management, with a focus on the Enron episode and the delivery of positive outcomes. David shares his personal career success and how he has dealt with and built on career disappointments. In his current role, he talks targets and the future agenda of Deloitte's gender talent.

Married with two children, David is a keen motor racing enthusiast, but his real passion is flying, and so took a career break to follow his ambition of getting his pilot's license - proving career breaks are possible for any aspiring leader.

Official Biography

David is a member of the Deloitte Global Executive, leading the implementation of Deloitte’s global strategy through its three Regions: Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is also the Senior Partner & CEO of Deloitte in the UK.
David has deep personal commitment to understanding and increasing Deloitte’s contribution to society. He has launched UK Futures, a multi-year programme to stimulate UK businesses into driving growth. He has also established the Deloitte Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with London Business School, which focuses on how to drive innovation, facilitate entrepreneurial success, and the contribution of innovation and entrepreneurship to economic growth.
Before his election to UK CEO on 1 June 2011, David led Deloitte’s Tax function in EMEA and the UK, and was a member of the UK Firms Executive and Board of Partners.
Previously, David was Managing Partner for Operations at Andersen in the UK until 2002. He led Deloitte’s Consulting & Advisory business from 2002 to 2004 and Deloitte’s Talent agenda in 2004-2006.
David has significant experience of working with clients on strategic, transaction and tax-related questions, across many geographies and varied sectors including consumer business, professional services, private equity and real estate.
David is a member of the CBI President’s Club, The Advisory Board, The CityUK, the Professional and Business Services Group, and Board of Honorary Directors, Royal Opera House. He is also a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability.
His interests outside work are travel, cycling, motor racing and family.