Deloitte becomes the largest private professional services organization worldwide

With this milestone, Deloitte surpasses all competitors
05 Oct 2010

Diegem, 5 October 2010 – Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) is proud to announce that its member firms have risen to become the largest private professional services organization in the world for the first time in the organization's history. With this milestone, Deloitte surpasses all competitors in the private professional services category to become the market leader based on revenue and headcount. As of the fiscal year ended 31 May 2010, Deloitte had aggregate member firm revenues of US$26.578 billion (US$26.6B) and employed approximately 170,000 people worldwide, including nearly 35 percent in priority markets.

"When Deloitte Haskins & Sells and Touche Ross & Co. merged in 1989 to form our modern organization, we were the smallest of what was then the Big Eight. Over the years, our goal was never to be the largest—we have always aimed to be the best, to be the standard of excellence," said DTTL Global CEO Jim Quigley. "Deloitte professionals have pursued that goal by consistently delivering high-quality, world-class client service and demonstrating a strong focus on responsible business practices. Their commitment and dedication to living our values-based culture have transformed Deloitte into the world's number one private professional services organization. This is a defining moment in our history."

Over the years, Deloitte has consistently closed the gap and widened the lead among its major competitors. In fact, over the last five years, Deloitte was the fastest-growing private professional services organization based on total revenue among the Big Four. During the period from 2005-2009, Deloitte outgrew its peers by 2.7 to 3.3 percentage points annually. The organization has achieved its leadership position through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisitions, a focus on quality, and bold investments in priority and emerging markets. In Belgium, Deloitte has been the market leader for several years.

Investment allocation

To continue this growth momentum, DTTL and its member firms have committed more than US$1 billion in strategic investments over five years. These investments include introducing innovative new services and multidisciplinary offerings, expanding capabilities in selected emerging and priority markets to serve clients, hiring new talent, and developing the capabilities of Deloitte people worldwide. Highlights are noted below:

"Deloitte's vision, strong global culture, and shared values remain unchanged," said Quigley. "These elements brought us to where we are today—to the leadership position—and they will remain the source of our success tomorrow. I am confident that we will continue to grow our businesses and move closer to our vision to be the standard of excellence and the first choice of the most sought-after clients and talent."