Joseph Tarantino has been the president and CEO of Protiviti, a global consulting firm, since December 2007. He is responsible for the company’s worldwide operations, with a global executive team reporting to him.
Tarantino has been with Protiviti since its inception in 2002. He served previously as managing director and head of the U.S. Northeast region, and was also one of five founding members of the Protiviti Operating Committee, which was responsible during the company’s first five years for establishing Protiviti’s vision and strategy and overseeing financial and administrative matters for the organization. In addition, Tarantino previously led Protiviti’s Global Industry Program.
Tarantino has more than 35 years of experience working with a variety of organizations to enhance their business performance through risk management, operational effectiveness and enhanced governance. Prior to Protiviti, Tarantino was the head of Arthur Andersen’s Financial Services Assurance practice for metropolitan New York, and he served on the North American and global leadership teams for the financial services industry. He has served clients in various industries with a specialization in banking, including managing internal and external audits, risk consulting engagements, due diligence assignments and large investigations.
Tarantino attended St. John’s University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently a member of the University’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Audit Committee. A community leader, Tarantino serves on the board and finance committee for Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. In 2016, Tarantino and his wife Eileen Tarantino were awarded a Spirit of Service award by St. John’s University.
Under Tarantino’s leadership, Protiviti has been named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for five years (2015-2019) and to Consulting magazine’s Best Firms to Work For list for five years (2014-2018). In 2018, Tarantino was awarded the Employer Recruiting Champion Award by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. He has been named to the NACD Directorship 100 for three years (2017-2019) and recognized three times by Glassdoor as one of its Top CEOs. Tarantino is a recipient of the Henry D. Ruhnke award for his ongoing support of St John’s University, including its Executive-in-Residence program. He was also one of the National Law Journal's 50 GRC Trailblazers and Pioneers (2014). As a CEO committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Tarantino is a signatory of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™