History - 2004 SpeakerSamuel A. DiPiazza, Jr.
On 1 January 2002, Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr. became CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the professional services firm formed in July 1998 by the merger of Coopers & Lybrand International and Price Waterhouse. He most recently served as Chairman and Senior Partner of the PricewaterhouseCoopers US Firm and as a member of the Global Leadership Team.Mr. DiPiazza joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1973 and became a partner in 1979. He was elected to the Firm Council in 1986 and headed the Birmingham, Alabama and Chicago offices before being named Midwest Regional Managing Partner in 1992. Two years later he became the Regional Managing Partner of the New York Metro Region with a dual role as Client Service Vice-Chairman. In 1998 Mr. DiPiazza was named the Americas Leader for Tax and Legal Services and in 2000 he was elected Chairman and Senior Partner of the US firm. Mr. DiPiazza has also served on the Firm's International Tax Board, the Global Tax and Legal Services Executive. Mr. DiPiazza is currently serving a three-year term as a Financial Accounting Foundation Trustee and is also a member of the Frankfurt-based Mergers & Acquisitions Group (CEO Academy). Very active in civic affairs, he serves on the International Advisory Board of Junior Achievement, the Executive Council of the Inner City Scholarship Fund, the Board of Directors of the New York City Ballet and the Executive Committee of the National Corporate Theatre Fund. In 2001 Mr. DiPiazza was elected President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City. Mr. DiPiazza received a dual degree in Accounting/Economics from the University of Alabama and an MS in Tax Accounting from the University of Houston. He has been honored as Accountant of the Year by the Beta Alpha Psi Society and is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the INROADS Leadership Award.