Samuel Di Piazza, Jr. is Vice Chairman in the Institutional Clients Group of Citigroup and serves as a member the Senior Strategic Advisory Group. Mr. Di Piazza retired as Global Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwC) in September 2009, after serving in the role since January 2002.
Over his 36-year career at PwC, which included 30 years as a partner, he held several positions, including Chairman and Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ U.S. firm and was a member of the Global Leadership Team. Under his leadership for the large majority of its first decade after the merger of Coopers & Lybrand with Price Waterhouse, PwC experienced record revenue and growth levels, and repositioned itself as the leading accounting, tax and advisory business. Under his leadership, PwC expanded operations in the emerging markets, including achieving the leading position in China, India, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Mr. Di Piazza currently serves as a Trustee and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, is past Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council on Sustainable Development, and serves on the U.S.A. Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Di Piazza serves on the Board of Directors of DirecTV, Apollo Group, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and on the Board of Trustees of the Mayo Clinic.
He is currently a member of the Executive Committee, the immediate past Chairman, Board of Trustees, of The Conference Board, Inc., and has previously served as a Trustee for the Financial Accounting Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Governors, the past Global Chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide, and serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Mr. Di Piazza is the co-author of Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting. Mr. Di Piazza received a degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and an MS in tax accounting from the University of Houston.