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Cathy Benko

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP

Publish Date: February  03,  2014


Cathy Benko is renowned for being among the first to design and implement a systemic response to the changing world of work.  She is a widely renowned thought leader and authority on talent strategies and transformational change to achieve exceptional results.  Her signature corporate lattice™ framework is internationally recognized as a model for how careers are built, work gets done, and organizational collaboration is fostered in the 21st century.  Cathy holds dual roles as Deloitte’s talent game-changer and leader of Deloitte’s corporate citizenship agenda, driving the firm’s collective societal impact.

Her current roles tap into skills honed in her prior positions, including chief talent officer, lead client service partner, high technology industry sector leader, and national managing director of Deloitte’s award-winning Women’s Initiative.  As Deloitte’s first Chief Talent Officer she was responsible for setting and implementing the Talent strategy to attract, develop, and advance the highly skilled and increasingly diverse workforce of the world’s largest privately-owned professional services firm. 

Cathy is a U.S. patent-holder and best-selling author of three books including The Corporate Lattice (Harvard 2010), Mass Career Customization (Harvard 2007), and Connecting the Dots (Harvard 2003).  She has been recognized for her professional achievements including Consulting Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Consultants” and “Frontline Leader” recognitions, and its inaugural “Leadership Achievement Award” for Women Leaders in Consulting.  She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Ramapo College of New Jersey, which recently recognized her with its Distinguished Citizenship Award.

Cathy lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, although she remains a “Jersey Girl” at heart.  A native of Nutley, NJ, she was recently inducted into the township’s Hall of Fame.

Look for her @cbenko and her latest article at DUPress.