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Richard Houston Is the New CEO of Deloitte U.K., While Dion Shango Takes the Reins Down in PwC Africa

I know this news won’t interest any of you guys, but TPTB are making us work today and Adrienne already warned you about shitposts this week. Plus, I selfishly wanted to write an article with a title that was similar to the chorus in Toto’s hit song, “Africa.” So, here we go.

Richard Houston

First, Richard Houston being named the new senior partner and CEO of Deloitte North West Europe and U.K. on Dec. 14 was not a surprise. We reported in late November that Houston, managing partner of Deloitte’s NWE and U.K. consulting businesses, was the favorite to succeed David Sproul as CEO. Sproul is retiring in 2019; Houston will take over on June 1.

Houston, who’s been a Green Dot since 2002, has more than 20 years of experience within the consulting industry, according to his bio on Deloitte’s website. He also had a six-year stint at Arthur Andersen before joining Deloitte.

He said:

“Deloitte brings an unrivaled depth and breadth of skills and industry knowledge to help clients solve their most complex challenges, with a commitment to the highest levels of quality and integrity. It will be an enormous privilege to lead the firm as its next senior partner and chief executive, building on Deloitte’s established pre-eminent market position.

“Our clients and Deloitte’s own profession face an era of substantial change and challenge, and we’re committed to anticipating, managing, and leading the response to this. I believe such change presents huge opportunities for Deloitte to make a positive impact on our clients, people, and society as a whole.”

Houston will oversee roughly 2,300 partners in the NWE region, more than 1,000 of whom are based in the U.K.

Dion Shango

P. Dubs of the African variety recently elected its CEO of Southern Africa, Dion Shango, to be the firm’s new Africa CEO, effective July 1, 2019. Shango has led PwC Southern Africa since July 1, 2015. He was the first black person appointed to be PwC Southern Africa CEO at the age of 39. He was admitted to the PwC partnership in 2008.

Shango will succeed Hein Boegman as PwC Africa CEO, a position Boegman has held since July 2015.

Shango said:

“I am honored to have been elected to lead our Africa firm and look forward to working closely with all partners across the different market areas. Our practice in Africa, with its over 8,000 staff members and 400 partners, is a strategically important asset in the global PwC network.”