At EY, people are our top priority. Empowering others to perform great work and bring innovative ideas to the table drives sustainable audit quality.

Jim Estes

Partner, Assurance — Professional Practice, Ernst & Young LLP

Professional Practice leader with over 30 years of experience. Committed to helping teams and individuals reach their potential. Husband, father of two sons, and baseball and outdoor enthusiast.

Jim is a partner in the EY Americas Professional Practice Group, focusing on driving audit quality and assurance services related to climate change. Jim previously served as EY Americas Vice Chair – Professional Practice from 2019 to 2023, overseeing the National Office activities of EY Americas Assurance. 

Previously, Jim served as Assurance Managing Partner in the former EY Southeast Region. 

Over the course of his career, Jim has served some of the member firm’s largest and most complex audit clients and has gained extensive experience in resolving complex accounting and auditing issues. Over the years, he built a strong track record of creating high-performing, inclusive teams and leading initiatives that have strengthened audit quality. He cares deeply for EY people and their career experience.

Jim attended the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Angela; and two sons, Lane and Nicholas.

How Jim is building a better working world 

Over the years, he has led efforts to equip EY people across teams with the tools, knowledge and support needed to advance in their career. His inclusive style of leadership opens doors for them to bring innovative new ideas to life and drive operational excellence as EY services continue to evolve.

Jim is also committed to increasing diversity within the EY organization and has a passion for leading anti-racism efforts. He sets strategies and supports programs that are focused on advancing diversity and equity to drive meaningful change.

Jim’s relentless focus on the growth, resiliency and wellbeing of others strengthens our ability to solve the complex challenges of tomorrow and stay ahead of our changing environment together.

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