CLO at PwC
Tom Evans is the driving force behind the everyday development of PwC’s 41,000 US partners, principals and staff. As PwC’s Chief Learning Officer (CLO), he is dedicated to cultivating and advancing the firm’s culture of ongoing professional development.
Tom is a pioneering leader in breaking down the walls of traditional classroom education and integrating learning into the workplace. As a 37-year veteran of the firm, Tom is well-known for his dedication to develop our people so they are confident and capable to do the things that matter most to our clients and to each other. In his tenure, Tom’s leadership helped to create an immersive and inclusive development journey that keeps PwC’s people challenged, motivated and inspired to invest in their own development and that of others. For Tom, this embodies his “whole leadership” philosophy – developing people who possess the right blend of technical, relationship and leadership skills. With a strong enterprise perspective on talent development, Tom is also an invaluable strategic partner in growing the firm’s top leadership.
With his innovative and collaborative leadership style, Tom helped to position the Learning and Development (L&D) team as a trusted partner and integral driver in executing PwC’s business and human capital strategies. Each year, the team delivers approximately two million hours of virtual, face-to-face and blended learning experiences. Their work has generated extraordinary results at PwC and received industry acclaim. The Learning and Development (L&D) team received the No. 1 spot in Training Magazine’s Top 125 from 2008 to 2010 before being inducted into the Top 10 Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition to being a repeat Brandon Hall recipient for excellence in learning, the L&D team recently received one of The Hall of Fame’s most prestigious awards for PwC’s Discover leadership experience program.
Tom began his career with PwC in 1977 as a Certified Public Accountant in the firm’s Assurance practice. He later joined the L&D team to launch its industry-specific training efforts. In 1989, Tom became the Director and Chief Operating Officer of PwC’s National Professional Education group, where he led the design and introduction of the firm’s industry-specific training. From there, Tom quickly rose through the firm’s ranks. In 1997 he led the firm’s Middle Market sector as its Chief Operating Officer before becoming the L&D Global Leader for PwC’s Advisory Services Practice in 1998. Each step in his career further ignited his passion and increased his impact on talent development. Tom was admitted to the firm’s partnership in 1998 and later became the firm’s Assurance Practice Development Leader in 2000. In 2003 Tom became PwC’s first Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and in October 2014, Tom received Chief Learning Officer’s prestigious CLO of the year award, which recognizes learning leaders who have made substantive and measurable change in business, vision, strategic alignment or leadership.
Tom believes in the power of community, and this concept underpins his efforts to lead and inspire. His extended PwC family – including clients, alumni and the communities the firm serves – greatly appreciate his pioneering spirit for improvement, commitment to excellence and desire to help others. Tom is a former advisory board member for the Center for Leadership and Ethics (COLE) – part of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business – and a member of the Association of the US Army (AUSA), the ASTD and the AICPA. He is also very active in his community. A former member of the Nutley Public Library’s Board of Trustees, Tom presently serves on his church’s Finance Committee and is his hometown’s deputy mayor and Commissioner of Revenue and Finance.