DiPiazza succeeds Jim Schiro, who oversaw the 1998 Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse merger and announced his surprise intention to step down early in May this year.
PwC would not comment on suggestions that UK senior partner Kieran Poynter was among the candidates for the firm’s top job.
DiPiazza has been with the firm since leaving university with an MA in taxation in 1973. He became a partner in Coopers & Lybrand in 1979 and by 1983 was responsible for the Birmingham, Alabama office.
In 1991 he was promoted to managing partner of the Chicago practice and in 1992 he became Midwest regional managing partner. In 1994 he was elevated to regional managing partner of New York Metro and vice chairman of client services. By 1997 he was vice chairman of tax services in the US. His last promotion was in 2000 when he became US senior partner.
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