PROFILE Speakers


James S. Turley,Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young

James Turley

Chairman & CEO
Ernst & Young

James S. Turley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young, a leading global professional services organization providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. With approximately 141,000 people in 140 countries, Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services organizations in the world.

Turley began his career with Ernst & Young in1977 in the US firm's Houston office. Over the years, he was named Metropolitan New York Area Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP in 1998 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2000. In July 2001, he became Chairman and CEO. Based in New York and London, Turley serves as senior advisory partner for many of Ernst & Young's largest global clients.

As Chairman, Turley sets a clear and strong tone from the top, focused on quality, integrity, and professionalism. He has worked to create a high-performance work environment with a highly visible leadership commitment to “Quality in Everything We Do.” Ernst & Young has been consistently recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Turley is actively engaged with many stakeholders as part of Ernst & Young's commitment to enhancing the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. He has encouraged dialogue with key stakeholders across the globe regarding the many changes facing the world capital markets, including the advent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the United States, the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards in more than 100 countries throughout the world, and the overall movement toward greater convergence of global auditing standards and global governance.

Throughout his career, Turley has actively supported numerous civic, cultural and business organizations. He co-chairs the Russia Foreign Investment Advisory Council.
He is on the Board of Directors for Boy Scouts of America, Catalyst, the National Corporate Theater Fund and on the Board of Trustees for Rice University. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and IBLAC (International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai). In October 2007, he was appointed Chair for the Governing Board of the U.S. Center for Audit Quality and in March 2009, was appointed Chair for Catalyst. In the summer of 2010, Turley was appointed to the President's Export Council.

Turley holds a master's and a BA in Accounting from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
He enjoys sports, including golf and tennis.