Grant Thornton Names Senior Leadership Team

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Grant Thornton LLP has named its new senior leadership team that will report directly to CEO Stephen Chipman.

Chief operating office Lou Grabowsky will be responsible for all day-to-day operations for the U.S. firm, which will include geographic regions and other operational units, as well as human resources. Grabowsky most recently served as managing partner of the Grant Thornton Central Region.

CFO Russ Wieman will be responsible for numerous financial areas including budgeting, capital structure and long-term debt, banking relationships and capital providers, retirement plans and oversight of information technology and enterprise risk management. Wieman most recently served as managing partner of audit and advisory services.

Audit services leader Trent Gazzaway will be responsible for providing audit services to clients. This will include overall audit service delivery, collaborating with Grant Thornton International and adapting to a continually evolving audit environment. Gazzaway most recently served as managing partner of public policy and corporate governance.

Tax services leader Mark Stutman has overall responsibility for the quality of services, the profitable operations and welfare of the clients and employees of the core and specialty tax practices. Stutman continues in this role, having served as tax services leader under previous CEO Ed Nusbaum, who is now CEO of Grant Thornton International.

Industry and market development leader Mike McGuire will be responsible for driving a holistic approach to industries throughout geographies and service lines; bringing focus and definition to chosen markets; elevating brand and level of institutional awareness; and continue to drive delivery of distinctive client service. As part of his role, he will also oversee firm-wide sales and marketing. McGuire had been managing partner of the Carolinas practice.

Chief legal officer Peggy Zagel is responsible for all the firm's legal services, including nationwide litigation, regulatory investigations, and strategic risk management. Zagel continues in this role, having served as chief legal officer under Nusbaum.

“I am confident that the cumulative leadership and experience represented within this group bodes well for the continued strength and success of our firm,” said Chipman in a statement.

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