JAMES J. SCHIRO became Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Financial Services in May 2002, after serving as Chief Operating Officer - Group Finance since March 2002. He joined Price Waterhouse in 1967, where he held various management positions. In 1994 he was elected Chairman and senior partner of Price Waterhouse, and in 1998 became Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers, after the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Schiro is also a director of Royal Philips Electronics. Mr. Schiro was elected to PepsiCo's Board in 2003.
Following his retirement from Zurich Financial in 2009, Schiro joined Goldman Sachs’s board and in 2012 was named lead director and chairman of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Public Responsibilities Committee, according to the bank’s biography. He retired last month to undergo medical treatment for his disease.
He attended a local school, St. John’s University, on a scholarship from the Knights of Columbus and Citibank, graduating in 1967. He received a master’s in business administration from Dartmouth University, according to the Goldman Sachs (GS) biography.
In 1967 Schiro joined Price Waterhouse and held various positions, including managing partner of the New York office from 1991 to 1995. He rose to chairman of Price Waterhouse and when the firm merged with Coopers & Lybrand in 1998, he served as CEO of New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, one of the world’s four biggest accounting firms. He retired in 2001.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Tomasina; their children, Justine and James Jr.; and a granddaughter, Elisabeth.