The day before Davos
By Jim Quigley - January 26, 2011
After weeks of preparation, I was delighted to finally arrive in Davos on Tuesday for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011. The Swiss mountain town was already busy with activity—delegates arriving from around the world, finishing touches being put on the new Congress Hall, and the international media ready to begin interviews.
While I find this all fascinating and exciting, one of my favorite parts of my yearly visit is the drive through the Swiss Alps to the town of Davos. I find the natural beauty in Switzerland stunning and a welcome reminder of the mountains and valleys of my childhood home in the western United States. Every year, I enjoy these few hours to take in the area’s breathtaking scenery before the start of a busy week at the Forum.
My first day was largely spent doing interviews with CNN, the Associated Press, and the Wall Street Journal. In line with this year’s meeting theme, many of the journalists were interested in discussing the new reality of a post-recession world. Richard Quest from CNN International asked me if the recovery that is underway will be sustainable. As I told Richard, I am cautiously optimistic that it is. Deloitte member firms are seeing clients look for help and assistance in managing today’s dynamic environment. Our network’s hiring numbers also are back to pre-crisis levels and we continue to invest in our people and our capabilities.
I enjoyed all of my day one activities in Davos. The interviews were engaging and I enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with the Deloitte team that supports our Forum activities every year. But most importantly, I am proud to once again represent Deloitte during the Annual Meeting. Some of the brightest minds in the world attend the gathering and it is a privilege to serve as Deloitte’s ambassador and to showcase our brand for the 2,500 delegates. I look forward to sharing more from Switzerland in the coming days.
Jim Quigley is the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte). Prior to his current role, he was the CEO of Deloitte United States. Throughout his 36 years with the organization, Jim has held multiple leadership roles and is actively engaged in a number of international business organizations and committees, each working to help shape the policies for a successful and sustainable global economy.
View Jim’s interview with Richard Quest of CNN International