Grant Thornton has appointed Stephen Lukens of IBM as its new advisory services leader.

Lukens joined the firm from IBM Global Business Services, where he has worked since PricewaterhouseCoopers sold its consulting unit to IBM. Lukens has nearly three decades of experience in the consulting business and will serve as a member of Grant Thornton’s senior leadership team.

“I am very proud to welcome a leader of Steve’s exceptional caliber to Grant Thornton and our senior leadership team,” said Grant Thornton CEO Stephen Chipman in a statement. “As we embark on our bold five-year strategy for growth and increase our focus on integrated service solutions, our advisory service line is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of dynamic organizations. I am confident that Steve’s demonstrated focus on results, deep consulting expertise and commitment to a collaborative and quality-driven professional environment will help us drive our advisory business—and our firm—forward.”

Lukens has effectively spent his entire career with one firm, starting out as a consultant at Price Waterhouse, which later became PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and subsequently was acquired by IBM in 2002 for $3.5 billion.

As the global leader for IBM Global Business Services’ financial management service line, Lukens led a 4,000-person global team providing consulting services to CFOs and their finance organizations. “Grant Thornton’s goal over the next five years is to be the leading audit, tax and advisory firm, serving dynamic organizations in our chosen markets,” said Lukens. “I look forward to working with the talented people in advisory services to help the firm achieve this ambitious goal.” 

Lukens will be based in Grant Thornton’s New York City office.

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