People on the move: EY names Kelly Grier US chairman and MP-elect

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  • December 08 2017, 2:12pm EST

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KPMG adds three principals; LBMC hires seven people in three offices; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.

CALIFORNIA

Orla O’Connor was hired as a principal in the business tax services practice at KPMG, San Francisco.

Margaret Critzer, a transfer pricing expert, was hired as a senior advisor in the San Jose office of Alvarez & Marsal.

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CONNECTICUT

The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation reappointed Andrew McMaster as Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council chairman for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2019; reappointed 22 FASAC members; and appointed nine new members. The new FASAC members, who will be serving a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and eligible for reappointment for three additional one-year terms: Avi Berg, managing director and portfolio manager, Elm Ridge Capital Management; Rudolf Bless, chief accounting officer, Bank of America; Gordon Edwards, chief financial officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System; Zachary Gast, global head of research, CFRA; Elizabeth Graseck, managing director, research, Morgan Stanley; David Schmid, partner, PwC; Amie Thuener, vice president, chief accountant, Alphabet; John White, partner—corporate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; and Teri Yohn, Conrad Prebys professor of accounting, Indiana University. Additionally, 11 members will retire from FASAC on Dec. 31, 2017: R. Scott Blackley, Gary Buesser, Colleen Conrad, Xihao Hu, Timothy LaSpaluto, Dan Mahoney, Maya McReynolds, Daniel Meader, John Morriss, Dave Sullivan and Jeff Wilks.

FLORIDA

John Hofmann was named partner at Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos & Co., Miami, after his firm, JL Hofmann & Associates, Coral Gables, was merged into KSDT, along with the firm's staff of six professionals.

BDO USA announced new appointments: Alfredo Cepero as assurance managing partner, Vince Carrodeguas as assurance partner, and Madeline Elias as tax market leader, in the South Florida practice; Sandy Horowitz as tax managing partner in Miami; Daniel Castro as the tax managing partner in Fort Lauderdale; and Lori Myers as tax managing partner in West Palm Beach.

ILLINOIS

Scott Harper was hired as a principal in the business tax services practice at KPMG, Chicago, rejoining the firm.

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KENTUCKY

Jim Tencza was named Louisville market leader of Dean Dorton Allen Ford, succeeding Gwen Tilton, who is retiring June 30, 2018, after 35 years with the firm. In the Lexington office, Jon Blanchard and Joe Daugherty were hired to the tax team; Heidi Hilliard and Bryan Rogers were hired to the technology team; and Shawn Stevison returned to the firm as an associate director of health care consulting.

MASSACHUSETTS

Ian Scotland was hired as general manager and vice president at AccuFund, Needham, working with Gordon Holfelder, who is assuming the role as president after serving as vice president since the company’s inception.

MICHIGAN

Mary Wade was hired as a tax senior manager at Gordon Advisors, Troy.

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MISSOURI

KPM CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, announced new promotions, hires and designations earned. The firm promoted, to shareholder: Rebecca Friedrich, Angela Rebmann and Jessica Stokes; to supervisor: Tracy Hofer and A. Sunni Odle; and to senior: Meredith Bosso, Leslie Conklin, Hannah Montgomery, Sarah Skidmore and Freddie Young. KPM hired Ross Wiseman as a staff accountant and Kaleigh Cole and Megan Townsley as administrative assistants. Additionally, KPM’s Hannah Montgomery, senior, and Matthew Randolph, staff accountant, earned their CPA licenses.

Brenda Hebenstreit was hired as a manager in the St. Louis office of RubinBrown.

NEW YORK

Kelly Grier was appointed US chairman, managing partner-elect, and Americas Area partner-elect at Ernst & Young, succeeding Steve Howe, who has run EY’s U.S. firm since 2006 and will be retiring July 1, 2018. Grier, currently regional managing partner for the U.S. central region, will be the third woman to run a Big Four firm, joining Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert and KPMG chairman and CEO Lynn Doughtie. (Read the full story.)

David Slemmer was hired as a principal and leader of the national transfer pricing practice at PKF O’Connor Davies, New York.

Gordon Warnke was hired to the Washington national tax – mergers and acquisitions group and complex transactions team as principal at KPMG, New York.

Vincent Orsini was hired as a senior associate at LCS&Z, Latham.

NORTH CAROLINA

Drew Haddock was hired as a supervisor in the Sanford office at DMJ & Co.

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OHIO

Nancy Orben, a senior manager at Blue & Co., Cincinnati, became a Certified Bitcoin Professional through the CyrptoCurrency Certification Consortium.

PENNSYLVANIA

Hunter Mink, a manager in the audit services group, was admitted to the partnership of RKL, York, where he has worked since 2012, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Martin McCarthy, managing partner at McCarthy & Co., Lafayette Hill, earned the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional designation from The Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Elizabeth Dinndorf, an associate in the assurance and advisory services department at Scott and Co., Columbia, earned her CPA license.

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TENNESSEE

LBMC announced new hires in three offices. Brian Marynowitz was hired as a senior manager in the transaction advisory services group in Nashville. In the Chattanooga office, LBMC hired: Amber Blevins as a staff accountant in the audit group; Mary Catherine Fleming as a staff accountant, and Lucas Watson as a senior, in the tax group; and Janay Medina as a human resources account specialist for LBMC employment partners. In Knoxville, the firm hired two staff accountants: Brett Lyons in the tax group and Winston Smith in the audit group.

UNITED KINGDOM

Siobhan Pandya, director of continuous improvement and lean for Mary Kay, was elected to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ Council, London.

Anneke van Zanen-Nieberg was appointed chair of the board of directors at Baker Tilly Berk, effective March 1, 2018, and Joke van Lonkhuijzen-Hoekstra was appointed chair of the supervisory board of Baker Tilly Berk, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

VIRGINIA

David Swartz was hired as a manager at Mitchell Wiggins, Richmond.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Mark Kronforst, chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, plans to leave the SEC in early January, after serving in the role since October 2013. (Read the full story.)