Kullen Birkeland named office managing partner of Grant Thorntonís Southern California practice. Birkeland will oversee the growth and operations of the Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego offices. Ö Hemming Morse LLP, a national accounting firm focused on forensic and financial consulting and financial and compliance auditing of employee benefit plans, has appointed a new management committee comprised of partners Greg McKinnon, Jim Andersen, Alex Miller, Greg Regan and Susan Thompson. McKinnon takes over the role of firm wide managing partner following Colin Johnsí five-year tenure. Johns will continue with the firm in his forensic and financial consulting practice. Paul Regan will remain in his capacity as firm chairman.