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Punit Renjen (born 1961) is an Indian-American businessman who has been chief executive officer of the multinational professional services firm Deloitte since June 1, 2015. Previously, Renjen was chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, and later, held the role of chairman of Deloitte LLP (United States) from 2011 to 2015.
Renjen was raised in Rohtak, North India in the state of Haryana. After earning a Master of Management from Oregon's Willamette University, he was hired by Touche Ross, which merged into Deloitte in 1989. He has worked at Deloitte and lived in the US ever since.
Renjen is on the Wall Street Journal's Council of CEOs and has been on the boards of directors at Catlin Gabel School, United Way Worldwide, the U.S.-India Business Council, and his alma mater. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Early life and education
Renjen grew up in Rohtak, a city in Haryana's Rohtak district, in India, where his father had established an electrical switchgear factory. Around age seven, Renjen was sent to The Lawrence School, Sanawar, an autonomous public co-educational boarding school near Shimla, because his parents were seeking a better education for him than he was receiving in Rohtak. When Renjen was approximately fourteen years old, his father's business encountered financial difficulty, and the family's inability to continue paying for boarding school forced Renjen to return to Rohtak and work at the family factory part time.
Renjen attended a local college, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in economics. After graduating, Renjen worked for the Delhi-based home appliance company Usha International. In 1984, he earned a Rotary Foundation Scholarship, affording him airfare to the United States and a full scholarship to Salem, Oregon's Willamette University. He earned his Master of Management from Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1986, and has lived in the United States ever since.
After graduating from Willamette, Renjen began interviewing at American firms. In the late 1980s, a partner at Touche Ross invited him to interview with the company after reading on a flight a local magazine that profiled Renjen and nine other students. He was initially hired as an associate consultant and has worked at Deloitte for 32 years since that time.
His work at Deloitte has included advising multinational companies on divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, operations, post-merger integration, and strategy. Renjen later served as chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, which is a United States member firm, then as chairman of Deloitte LLP (United States) for four years beginning in June 2011.
Renjen currently serves as the CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global). The company announced Renjen's confirmation on February 16, 2015, following an election and nearly unanimous ratification by thousands of Deloitte's partners. When Renjen's four-year term as CEO began on June 1, 2015, he became the first Asia-born person to head one of the Big Four global professional services firms. In June 2019, he was elected to a second, four-year term as Deloitte Global CEO.
In February 2018, Punit launched WorldClass, Deloitte’s global initiative designed to advance education and skills for communities at risk. In 2019, the program was launched in India with the goal of supporting 10 million girls and women by 2030 there through education and skills development.
In addition to serving on Deloitte Global's boards of directors as part of his current role, Renjen is a member of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, United Way Worldwide, the U.S.-India Business Council, and the Business Roundtable. He also serves as a member of the boards of trustees at Catlin Gabel School, United States Council for International Business and Willamette University. In 2015, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) included Renjen on their inaugural "Influential Leaders" list, which recognizes "100 AACSB-member-school alumni who inspire others with their professional and volunteer work". He has co-authored articles for Chief Executive and The Journal of Business Strategy, and has been featured in interviews with Bloomberg Businessweek, Consulting, Investor's Business Daily, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a founding member of the Lincoln Center India Advisory Council.
Awards and honors
In 2007, he was listed as one of Consulting magazine's "Top 25 Most Influential Consultants". In 2012, 2013, and 2014, he was named an honoree to the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) "Directorship 100". In 2015, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) included Renjen on their inaugural "Influential Leaders" list, which recognizes "100 AACSB-member-school alumni who inspire others with their professional and volunteer work".  In 2017, he was honored with the “Gaurav Samman” by the Government of Haryana. The award was given to people of Haryanvi origin residing outside of Haryana who have made significant contributions in various fields. In May 2019, he received an honorary degree from Willamette University.
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