AFRICA

Kader Kaneye, managing partner of HLB KMC West Africa, and Raynatou Baro, head of the firm’s women initiative “Ladies Hub”, have just been selected as part of the 500 young African leaders of the Young African Leaders Initiative, created and supported by US President Barack Obama, out of 50,000 candidates.

CALIFORNIA

Wayne Pinnell, managing partner of Irvine-based Haskell & White LLP, was presented with one of California State University, Fullerton – Irvine Campus’ Outstanding Teacher Awards at its recent inaugural Faculty Recognition Event. … Kenneth Ames, a tax advisory partner with White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP, has received a National Service to Youth Award from the California Boys & Girls Club of America for his 10 years of service on the Carlsbad Club’s Board of Directors. In conjunction with the award, he received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Carlsbad. Ames has been a member of the staff of White Nelson Diehl Evans for 11 years, working out of the firm’s Carlsbad and Escondido offices. His area of expertise is tax consulting, compliance and litigation support services for entities of all types. He has also presented seminars and authored various articles on retirement plans, tax planning and marital dissolutions.

GEORGIA

Rebecca Reiss has been promoted to recruiting manager at UHY LLP in Atlanta. …Tina Winslett has joined Atlanta-based bbr marketing as the firm’s operations and traffic manager.

ILLINOIS

Alison Fetzer, who leads and supervises audit engagements at Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd, has been reappointed to serve on the not-for-profit committee of the Illinois CPA Society. …Carol Kone was named regional associate director and leader of the Chicago regional office of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

KOREA

Dr. Steve Lim has been appointed to the IFRS Advisory Council. Dr Lim is an advisor to the Korea Accounting Standards Board having previously served as chair and vice-chair of the KASB and vice-chair of the Asian-Oceania Standard-Setters Group. He is also professor of accounting at the University of Seoul. Agenda

LOUISIANA

Laura Soileau, an associate director in Postlethwaite & Netterville’s consulting services group and leader for the control and risk advisory practice area, has been named one of the twenty “Emerging Leaders” by The Institute of Internal Auditors.

MASSACHUSETTS

Erin Delaney, a manager at Shepherd & Goldstein LLP, was elected as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Childhood Development Center. Delaney has been a member of the Rainbow board of directors for three months.

MISSOURI

Marie Carlie, director of Stone Carlie’s Life Sciences & Emerging Technology Services Group, was selected as an honoree for the St. Louis Business Journal’s inaugural Innovation Awards in the Accounting category.

NEW YORK

Consulting magazine has named KPMG LLP advisory director Keaton Miller and managing director Olli Valikangas winners of the magazine's inaugural "Rising Stars of the Profession Awards." Both were featured in the March issue of Consulting along with a select group of other talented and accomplished consultants under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves as young leaders in the profession.. …Marc Minker, managing director, CBIZ MHM LLC and shareholder of MHM, has been appointed to the advisory board for College CFO, a division of DivaCFO LLC. College CFO is dedicated to creating a student-driven social movement to impact financial literacy for young adults ages 18-24 through an innovative peer-to-peer platform. The advisory board serves as a strategic driver of the organization’s mission by obtaining insight and direction from practitioners who work in the field of personal financial planning. …Lisa Nilsson Levin has joined Katz, Sapper & Miller as a business development manager in the firm’s New York office. …John Cristiano has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a managing director in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services practice in New York. Cristiano has nearly 20 years of experience in financial and operational due diligence, enterprise valuation, quality of earnings analyses, financial modeling and forecasting, financial reporting and internal controls review. He has built detailed valuation models for many companies, with a focus on underlying free cash flow, and has evaluated and advised on capital restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, merger integrations, stock offerings and industry and benchmarking analyses.

OHIO

Robert Littman, SS&G CEO and managing director, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumni Award, which was presented by the University of Akron College of Business Administration. …Ray Dunkle, a partner in forensic and valuation services at Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co., was awarded the distinction of ‘Outstanding Professional’ by the University of Akron’s George W. Daverio School of Accountancy. … Tracy Coblentz has been promoted to senior tax manager and director of Apple Growth Partners Small Business Growth Services segment in Cleveland. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, she managed her own practice dedicated to providing accounting and tax services for small business owners.

TEXAS

Paul Majors and Carter Rouse have joined Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier LLP as partners. SB&F also announced the promotion of five employees: Candace Blair to senior tax manager, Megan Terrell to senior audit manager, Adam Renz and Shahid Charania to tax associates and Eddie Grand to tax intern. …Kenneth Guidry, president of Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, has been named to the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business Board. Annabella Green, SPHR, Director, Human Capital and Firm Administration at PKF Texas, has been awarded the Accredited Administrator in Accounting Practice Management by the Association for Accounting Administration.

UNITED KINGDOM

Michael Solender has taken on the role of Global Vice Chair and General Counsel at EY, where he will carry out the global reorganization of the EY legal function and integrate EY’s internal legal operations worldwide. He will be based in New York but will spend significant amount of time with the executive team in London. Solender will be succeeded as General Counsel of Ernst & Young LLP US by Ron Hauben.

VIRGINIA

Derrick Sturisky has joined Cherry Bekaert LLP as a principal in the Risk Advisory Group. Sturisky will offer the Firm's clients significant capability in building Enterprise Risk Management and Operating Frameworks that support in reducing risk, increasing confidence, upgrading compliance, improving performance and/or lowering cost.

WASHINGTON

Rachele Bouchand, director of Financial Planning in Clark Nuber’s Tax Services Group in Seattle, received the Accredited Estate Planner designation. The firm made several new hires. Mariya Beynenson and Brian Hayes have joined the firm as an accounting and consulting services associates and Michelle Spruch joined as an audit intern.

WASHINGTON D.C.

Jarett Decker, deputy director and chief trial counsel in the Division of Enforcement and Investigations at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, will leave the PCAOB in May to take a position with the Centre for Financial Reporting Reform of the World Bank in Vienna, Austria.

WISCONSIN

Mike Herold has joined the State and Local Tax Practice of Wipfli LLP as director. Prior to joining Wipfli, Herold was a principal at a national accounting firm where he was responsible for assisting clients in multi-state tax planning and audit defense, for firm wide training in state and local taxes, and for developing state tax strategies to advance the firm’s vision. Herold holds a juris doctorate degree from Hamline University, and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and communication from Concordia University.