Big Five – Connolly favourite for top Deloittes job

Deloitte & Touche’s national managing partner John Connolly has emerged as the early favourite to replace John Roques when his term as UK senior partner expires in April next year.

Connolly, currently number two to Roques, is closely involved in international discussions aimed at transforming the firm’s accountancy wing into a branded global entity similar to Deloitte Consulting, the firm’s management consultancy wing. Connolly’s contacts and global experience mean he would be ideally placed to implement the changes in the UK.

Over the past weeks, senior partners at Deloittes have consulted colleagues about who they would like to lead them. In addition to Connolly, the name of the firm’s audit chief Martin Eadon was mentioned as a possible contender for the top job.

Another partner suggested Peter Shawer, the London managing partner, as a candidate, as the post has been a route to the top in the past.

The informal canvassing is the prelude to the main board selecting a preferred candidate to go forward to a formal vote in September, said a Deloittes board member.

Although Roques’ term officially ends next year, insiders at the firm suggested the new senior partner would take effective control after the election process was over at the end of October.

Related reading