She succeeds John Veihmeyer, who has been US chairman and CEO since 2010. He was appointed as the firm’s global chairman in 2014, and is expected to focus exclusively on this role once his term in the US comes to an end.
Doughtie’s appointment follows that of Deloitte's Cathy Engelbert, who became the first woman to lead a Big Four firm in the US earlier this year.
Doughtie joined the firm’s audit practice in 1985, and has led the advisory business since 2011.
She said, “Our firm, our clients and the entire marketplace are looking at a future of unprecedented change and extraordinary opportunity, where ‘business-as-usual’ is going to mean constant innovation and transformation.
“I’m excited to team with our incredibly talented people, as we work closely with companies and other organizations to help them address their most complex challenges and opportunities.”
P. Scott Ozanus has been reelected as the fim’s deputy chairman and chief operating officer. He has held the position since 2012 and previously led the firm’s tax practice.
The election of both Doughtie and Ozanus was ratified by the firm’s partnership in a vote completed on Monday.