Thomas G. Rotherham, the former chief executive and president of RSM McGladrey Inc., has returned to the accounting world, joining Grant Thornton LLP as the firm's new U.S. managing partner of client service.

Rotherham will be responsible for implementing the "Grant Thornton Experience for Clients" -- the firm's promise to deliver unparalleled professional excellence to its clients . He will also work on expanding the firm's services and relationships with private equity firms.

Mostly recently, Rotherham was the senior vice president at Des Moines, Iowa-based West Wind Partners LLC, a private equity fund focusing on small and midsized companies.

"Tom brings a wealth of unique knowledge and experience, and we feel both fortunate and delighted that he chose to join us at Grant Thornton," said chief executive Ed Nusbaum, in a statement. "Exceptional people are the lifeblood of our service to clients, and Tom has a long career based on our firm's vision and guiding principles, among them professional excellence and integrity."

Rotherham will be based out of the firm's Chicago office, reporting to Shelley Stein, the firm's chief operating officer.

Rotherham stepped down from his position as president and chief executive at tax and consulting firm RSM McGladrey in August 2003. He originally joined McGladrey & Pullen in 1970 and, six years later, was named partner, rising to managing partner and serving as one of the architects of the firm's 1999 merger with H&R Block.

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