International People News:


Alan Bezzant has been selected to serve in the newly created role of chief operating officer of the global accounting network Russell Bedford International. Bezzant previously was an executive director at PKF International Limited and at Moore Stephens UK, where he held the same role for eight years. … John Ring has joined the U.K. affiliate of WTP Advisors, as a director of international tax.

United States People News:


Michael Hammond has joined Moore Colson, Atlanta, as the director of the firm’s Risk Advisory & Compliance Services in the Business Assurance Practice, a newly created role. … Alana Mueller has joined Bennett Thrasher PC, Atlanta, as a senior manager in the Financial Reporting and Assurance practice.


Lydia Atwood, a senior business valuation analyst at BerryDunn, Portland, has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst designation. Atwood works in the firm’s valuation and forensic services group. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial, human resource and operational management arena. Atwood earned her MBA from Boston University and BA in economics from Tufts University. … Baker Newman Noyes has made several promotions throughout the firm. Matthew Pore, Tabitha Lamontagne and Matt Prunier were promoted to senior managers. John Hadwen and Nicolas Porto were promoted to managers, while Colleen Mathews, Griffin Hardy, Jaclyn Johnson, Josh Lapierre and Stephanie Leary were promoted to supervising seniors. Kelly Bristol, Tatyana Nossova, Daniel Gayer, Drew Blaney, Kayla Bartlett, Michael Meserve and Stephanie Richio were promoted to seniors.


Lisa Loi has been promoted to senior in the audit, accounting and consulting department of Ellin & Tucker, Chartered in Baltimore.


Christopher Seiz has joined The Mercadien Group, Princeton, as program director.


Karen Vitale, US Advisory Leader for PwC’s Private Company Services practice and partner at PwC, was inducted into the YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2012/2013. … Marge Filippelli has been promoted to partner-in-charge of Marcum LLP’s Roseland, N.J. office. Filippelli’s appointment follows the merger of Cornerstone Accounting Group LLP, an accounting and assurance firm focused on the real estate industry, with Marcum. Filippelli will play a leadership role in Marcum’s national real estate group. She will also oversee all client services and administrative operations in the region. Filippelli earned her B.A. in Accounting from Montclair State University and is a CPA in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.


Suzanne Clay, vice president at Daniels, Uselton and Clay, PC, Kingston, recently celebrated more than 20 years of service with the firm. Clay joined the firm in 1992 as an administrative assistant and became a principal in 2002. Clay specializes in accounting, auditing and tax for franchisees, construction companies, not-for-profit and governmental entities. … J. Daniel Brooks has joined The Rainmaker Companies, Nashville, as vice president and senior consultant. Prior to The Rainmaker Companies, Brooks worked at  McGladrey LLP for nearly 30 years.


The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that acting director George Canellos and former federal prosecutor Andrew Ceresney have been named Co-Directors of the Division of Enforcement. Canellos has been serving as acting director since January, and previously had been the division’s Deputy Director since June 2012. Ceresney served as a deputy chief appellate attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Major Crimes Unit.


Mary Jo Werner, a partner with Wipfli LLP, Milwaukee, has earned the Public Service Award from the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators for her contributions to the murder trial of Eric Koula. Werner testified as an expert witness on Koula’s financial status, which was one of the keys to the prosecution establishing the defendant’s motive.

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