At Grant Thornton LLP’s Annual Partners Meeting in November, the partners and principals elected Chicago-based audit partner Jeff Robinson to the firm’s Partnership Board.

Incumbents who were re-elected to the board include Scott Farber, Irvine, Calif., audit partner and West Region – South International Business Center director; Jack Katz, financial services national managing partner and New York cluster managing partner; and Rich LaFleur, Mid-Atlantic practice managing partner. Grant Thornton’s Partnership Board provides oversight and governance relating to firmwide partnership matters.

In addition, Katz was re-elected as the board’s chairman during the board’s December meeting. The following Partnership Board members are serving the remainder of their terms:
•    John Desmond, Long Island, N.Y., office partner-in-charge
•    Doug Gawrych, South Florida managing partner
•    Rick Gebert, Philadelphia office managing partner
•    Antony Nettleton, Chicago Audit practice leader and Midwest International Business Center director
•    Larry Redler, Advisory Services co-managing partner
•    Randy Robason, Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services national partner-in-charge

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, Stephen Chipman will succeed Ed Nusbaum as the appointed Partnership Board member when Chipman takes over as CEO of Grant Thornton LLP and Nusbaum assumes his new role as CEO of Grant Thornton International Ltd.

“I feel fortunate to have been part of the important work the Partnership Board has undertaken during the past eight years,” said Nusbaum in a statement. “I am confident that under Jack’s leadership and Stephen’s guidance, the board will continue to make a difference in the lives of our partners.”

Separately, Grant Thornton also recently announced that national managing partner of professional standards John Archambault is one of 10 new members appointed to the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The FASAC is responsible for advising the Financial Accounting Standards Board on technical issues, project priorities and other matters that affect standard setting.

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