SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte today announced the appointment of Sandra T. Shirai to lead its U.S. technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice. A veteran of the technology sector, Shirai has extensive experience with integrations and divestitures during her 26-year career at Deloitte.
"Sandy has a distinguished track record as a leader in our organization and as a trusted counselor to some of technology's most prominent brands," said Brian Kanter, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Deloitte's U.S. clients and industries leader. "Our TMT clients are innovating and influencing business more broadly than ever, and we are deeply committed to their success. I am confident that Sandy's experience and vision will prove invaluable as we help them confidently address their most significant business challenges."
Based in San Francisco, Shirai, a Deloitte Consulting LLP principal, becomes the first woman to lead the national TMT practice at Deloitte, joining the ranks of many other senior level female leaders across the organization.
Brings Specialization in High Tech M&A and Divestitures
Shirai specializes in technology M&A with a focus on post-merger integration and divestitures. She also has broad experience in the delivery of large, complex business transformations resulting in dramatic improvements in customer-facing and back office operations, exemplifying Deloitte's focus on helping clients transform complexity and change into sustainable value.
"What makes TMT so fascinating is that our clients are innovators of some of the most disruptive technological breakthroughs of this century – be it the Internet of Things, cloud, e-commerce or cognitive computing," said Shirai. "This industry faces massive shifts as business models continue to evolve, impacting large incumbents, rising unicorns and overnight sensations. This in turn, poses opportunities and challenges for our clients, and I look forward to helping them pursue the right strategies for sustainable success."
Shirai is also a member of Deloitte's global TMT executive committee, where she oversees the development and evolution of global TMT priority initiatives including cyber threat, cloud and big data analytics.
Previously, Shirai was the national managing director of regions for Deloitte Consulting LLP and served on the consulting executive committee. She has also been a member of the Deloitte LLP board of directors, served as chairman of the strategic investments committee, and was a member of the 2011 nominating committee for the global CEO. Shirai joined Deloitte in 1989.
Shirai is also an active member of the Silicon Valley community, embodying Deloitte's commitment to making a positive impact with clients as well as in the communities in which we live and work. She serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northern California and also remains active with her alma mater, Stanford University, serving as a guest lecturer for the past nine years teaching the course "Work and Family." Shirai received an undergraduate degree with highest honors in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Over the past several years, Shirai has been recognized as one the Top 100 Most Influential Women in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was previously honored as one of Consulting Magazine's "Top 25 Consultants."
About Deloitte's Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice
Deloitte's technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to more than 1,800 clients in the U.S., including the vast majority of market category leaders across all sector segments. Deloitte practitioners, many with direct industry experience, work with one purpose: to deliver measurable, lasting results. We help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Our TMT clients count on Deloitte to help them transform uncertainty into possibility and rapid change into lasting progress. Our people know how to anticipate, collaborate, and innovate, and create opportunity from even the unforeseen obstacle.
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