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KPMG makes two national hires; BerryDunn adds 14 professionals; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.


Brian Harney was hired as a shareholder at the Highlands Accounting Group, Birmingham. Harney has 16 years of CPA firm experience and focuses on audit, review and compilation services for general contractors, specialty contractors and subcontractors, as well as other industries.


Karine Philippon and Jessica Cluzeau, who were recently hired as partners at Mazars USA, will be moving to the firm’s newly opened Los Angeles office. Cluzeau, who has more than 15 years of experience providing accounting and advisory services in the U.S. and in Europe to international middle market and large companies within the manufacturing and distribution sector, will continue to focus on assisting international businesses. Philippon has more than a decade of experience providing accounting and advisory services to middle-market and multinational corporations, and will focus on expanding the firm's technology and media practice.

White Nelson Diehl Evans, Irvine, named six new partners: Jill Cohen, Michael Glaab, Jennifer Pugh and Kassie Radermacher as audit and assurance partners; and Erin Johnson and Christina Wenk as tax and advisory services partners.


Paul Davison was named office managing partner for the assurance practice in the Jacksonville office at BDO, which he joined in 2016. Davison has more than 29 years of experience in public accounting, including 15 as partner.


Amanda Payne was hired as a lease accounting manager at lease accounting software provider LeaseQuery, Atlanta.


Pat Morin, principal and director in the risk and business advisory practice at Baker Newman Noyes, Portland, earned the Advanced SOC for Service Organizations Certificate from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, and is the first in Maine to earn the designation.

BerryDunn, Portland, announced fourteen new hires: Raelynn Ainsworth as an office manager; Andrea Rose as an accounting manager; Emily Simpson as an auditor; Connie Devenger as a contract and compliance administrator; Clare Lizotte as a compliance associate; Meta Patten as a tax specialist; and in the government consulting group: Jennifer Dodge, Jason Hargrove, Lauren McTear and Debbie Saxe as senior consultants; Kevin Scheirer as a senior business development specialist; Crystal Gray as a project coordinator; and Alex Kee and Moniefia Maitland as consultants.


Fabian Williams was hired as a principal in the digital solutions and services group at WithumSmith+Brown, Bethesda.


Nathan Wechsler & Co. principal Chris Currie became a member of the of the advisory committee of the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire.


KPMG, New York, announced two hires. Ken Daly, former president and chief executive of the National Association of Corporate Directors, joined the KPMG Board Leadership Center as a senior advisor; and tax partner Michael Bussa was named national leader for the global reward services practice. Additionally, Jackie Daylor, national managing partner in the audit quality professional practice at KPMG, was one of 77 women leaders honored from companies on Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and Best Workplaces for Women. The recipients were recognized by Great Place to Work for their contributions to their company’s business.

Melissa Szot was hired as a senior manager in the government practice at Marks Paneth, New York.


Whitley Penn managing partner Larry Autrey was named North Texas Community Foundation’s Professional Advisor of the year.


Kurt Johnson was hired as a senior wealth advisor in the Harrisonburg office and Shelly Braden was hired as a wealth advisor in the Newport News office, at PBMares Wealth Management, a division of PBMares.


Amy Biersteker and Lisa Horn, business strategist at Schenck, Appleton, earned their Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation after completing the Exit Planning Institute’s four-day CEPA program.