January 24, 2020

Talking About Race, Mega Lawsuits, That Oscars Screw-up and More: A Conversation With PwC’s Tim Ryan

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Most people would look at the year PwC Chairman and Senior Partner Tim Ryan has had and think, “That’s rough.” After two killings of black men by police officers and the killing of 5 Dallas police officers last summer, Ryan told Fortune in February that he scrapped his plans and, “got the team together and asked what they thought we should say or do about what was happening.” Ultimately, he decided everyone at PwC needed to start having an open and honest conversation about race. He had been leading the firm for one week.

A couple of settled multi-billion dollar lawsuits and one jaw-dropping moment at the biggest event in show business later, you might expect him to be a little worse for wear. But he’s also spearheading the newly-formed CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and announced the appointment of the first two independent directors to PwC’s Board of Governors. This is the same guy who co-hosted Thanksgiving dinner for PwC employees who couldn’t travel for the holiday. He smiles easily. He’s the guy next door with six kids. And now he’s here on Going Concern to talk about a bunch of stuff. It should be fun. And, who knows, maybe a little awkward!

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