James Powers will succeed Charles Allen as Crowe Horwath LLP’s CEO. As CEO, Powers will focus on continuing the expansion of the firm’s national footprint, service offerings and brand.

Powers will step into his chief executive role on April 1, 2015 and Allen will continue to serve as CEO until March 31, 2015. In the meantime, Allen and Powers will work together to make the transition seamless as the firm continues to execute its strategic plans.

Powers is currently the managing partner of the Indianapolis office, where he chairs the firm retirement plan investment committee and represents the firm globally as its liaison partner to Crowe Horwath International. He is also active in servicing clients. Based in the Indianapolis office, Powers will split his time between Indianapolis and the firm’s headquarters in Chicago.

“During my career with Crowe, we’ve transformed from a tiny firm in northern Indiana to a national firm that’s globally branded,” said Powers. “We accomplished this by focusing on technical and industry specialization that provides innovative solutions to our clients and by keeping our people highly engaged. I plan to build on these same foundations to continue our success.”

For more than 36 years, Powers has provided audit services to publicly and privately owned businesses in a variety of industries, concentrating on client and stakeholder needs, relationships and opportunities. In addition, Powers has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, private and public securities offerings and in the areas of strategic planning and business process re-engineering.

Joining the firm’s Elkhart, Indiana office in 1978 as a DePauw University campus recruit, Powers was elected partner in 1989. In 2007, he relocated to Indianapolis to assist in the continued development and growth of the Crowe Indianapolis market.

Powers has contributed significantly to the firm in many ways, including serving as managing partner of several local offices; chair of the Accounting and Auditing Practice Committee; chair of Standards, Quality and Risk Committee; managing executive of the Audit and Financial Advisory business unit; a member of the firm’s Management Committee; and a member of the Crowe Executive Committee, including serving as chair 2012-2013.


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