Grant Thornton taps Bradley Preber as new CEO

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Grant Thornton LLP has named Bradley Preber as its new CEO after he served as interim CEO since June.

Preber succeeded Mike McGuire, who stepped aside in June and took the title of CEO emeritus (see Grant Thornton transitions CEO to emeritus role). The Grant Thornton partnership board, chaired by Preber, conducted a search for a permanent replacement, but ultimately voted to keep Preber as CEO through July 31, 2022, which is also his retirement date.

Before becoming interim CEO, he was national managing partner of business risk services for GT, and managing partner of the firm’s Phoenix office. Preber joined the firm in 2004, after serving as a partner at Arthur Andersen. Consulting magazine named him to its Top 25 Consultants list this year for leadership, citing his 35 years of experience and stewardship of Grant Thornton’s business risk services practice, which he grew into a $200 million business, including a cyber risk practice that he began in 2017.

“Today’s businesses face formidable challenges — from accelerating growth and keeping pace with technology to mitigating risks and enhancing audit quality,” Preber said in a statement. “As CEO, I will help Grant Thornton build on our track record of helping clients overcome these challenges through our uniquely differentiated client services, and our singular ‘status go’ culture.”

Preber also works as a litigation consultant and expert witness for the firm, as well as a forensic accountant, arbitrator and fraud investigator.

“Brad is a decisive leader who believes in delivering exceptional value to clients,” stated Jim Wittmer, who now chairs the partnership board. “As CEO, Brad will fuel Grant Thornton’s continued success providing innovative audit, tax and advisory services built on a foundation of quality.”

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