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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

EY Americas Vice Chair — Professional Practice

Quality and Risk Management 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 leads the EY Americas Professional Practice Group and oversees the quality and risk management activities of EY Assurance services. This includes efforts on audit methodology, standard setting, accounting consultations, system of quality management and regulatory matters.

He previously served as Assurance Managing Partner in the former EY Southeast Region before being named EY Americas Vice Chair — Professional Practice in 2019.

Joining EY in 1987, 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 Cole.

How Jim is building a better working world 

Jim is building a better working world by helping others achieve their potential.

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 is opening 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 EY and has a passion for leading anti-racism efforts. Taking action to drive meaningful change, he uses his platform to set strategies and support programs that further advance equity across race.

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

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