Lou Pagnutti

Asia-Pacific Area Managing Partner

As Asia-Pacific Area Managing Partner, Lou is based in Hong Kong and has leadership of 26,000 people in 20 countries and territories.

Previous experience

Before his appointment in July 2010 as Asia-Pacific Area Managing Partner, Lou was the Canadian Managing Partner, a member of the Americas Executive Board, and chaired the Board of our global insurance captive. He also served as the Global Executive representative member for Canada from 2004-2006. Lou began his career in the Assurance practice in 1981 before moving to the Tax practice in 1986, where he led both Toronto Tax practice and the International Tax Services practice for Canada.

Lou strongly believes in EY’s commitment to putting its people first. While in Canada, he worked to foster an inclusive workplace, and is proud of the recognition the Canadian practice received as one of Canada’s top employers.

Committed to making a difference in the community, Lou was recently a board member of both the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation and Pathways to Education. He was also a member of the United Way of Greater Toronto’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet and the President’s Advisory Council of his alma mater, Laurentian University.


Lou holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University. He earned his CA designation in 1983, completed the CICA In-depth Tax Course in 1988, and was honoured with an FCA designation in 2006.


Lou enjoys spending time with his family and being active skiing, playing hockey and golfing.


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