The European Contact Group (ECG) brings together the six largest international professional services networks in Europe
Maurizio Donvito, PwC
Maurizio is EMEA Assurance Risk Management partner at PwC. Since 2021 he is the chairman of the European Contact Group.
For more than 35 years Maurizio has been involved in the audit of publicly traded companies and their subsidiaries in Italy and for several years he engaged in activities in the fields of regulatory, risk management, ethics, compliance and the management of crisis situations. Maurizio was involved in the implementation of the European Audit Reform in Italy and Europe, and the implementation of the regulatory provisions on Privacy, Anti-money Laundering, and the Italian Corporate Crisis Code.
As Chairman of the ECG, Maurizio participated as a speaker at the European Commission’s high level conference launching the proposal for the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive.
Marie-Stephanie Persson, BDO
Experienced General Counsel /Legal & Compliance with more than 20 years demonstrated history of working in the international large networks professional assurance industry.
Skilled in risk & quality, AML, capital markets, European Union and general business law. Legal professional graduate (LL.M, Master of Laws) from Uppsala University.
Gunther Loits, Grant Thornton
Gunther has been working in the audit sector for over 25 years and has gained professional experience in both quoted companies and international groups, as well as small and medium-sized companies, non-profit organisations and public sector companies, in a broad range of industries. As current Head of Audit & Assurance, he has as the objective for Grant Thornton Belgium to deliver high-quality audits in the most efficient way.
Gunther has been a lecturer for 15 years at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in the field of accounting, auditing and financial statements analysis. He is Grant Thornton International’s Lead at the European Contact Group.
Paul Dobey, KPMG
Paul is a Partner in KPMG Ireland and is the Head of Risk, Quality and Regulatory for the EMA Region. Paul previously was a partner in KPMG’s financial services practice in Ireland and worked with many global and domestic clients in the banking, insurance and aviation sectors. Paul’s areas of expertise include Audit, US Capital Markets, Banking Financial Services, Aviation Finance, Accounting standards, Public Policy and Regulatory Change and Risk Management.
Pablo Zalba, Deloitte
Pablo is Partner – Managing Director of the EU Policy Center and Head of Regulation and Public Policy at Deloitte Spain. Throughout his professional career he has participated in and coordinated projects analysing environmental and sustainability policies and regulation and evaluation of EU funds, as well as advising in strategic reflection processes in clients. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was Chairman of Spanish state owned bank, Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) and a Member of the European Parliament, where he served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Andrew Hobbs, EY
Andrew leads EY’s EMEIA Public Policy team which works with key stakeholders to strengthen the working relationship between the public and private sectors in policy and regulatory matters on topics such as talent and skills, technology and corporate governance (including reporting and audit).
Andrew currently chairs a working group at Accountancy Europe re-examining the role of the auditor in detecting fraud. He is a member of the Disclosure and Transparency Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network, the Asia Corporate Governance Association India Working Group and the Corporate Governance Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee at the OECD. He chairs the Corporate Governance Working Group of the European Contact Group whose members comprise the 6 largest accounting networks across the EU. He regularly writes blogs about the role of corporate governance in trust.