Promotion Watch ’19: Grant Thornton Admits 42 New Partners and Principals

The last month hasn’t been the greatest for Grant Thornton, as the firm gave pink slips to 230 professionals and 40 PPMDs, approximately 3.5% of its workforce, at the end of July. So GT’s leadership probably wanted to wait until the dust settled before they announced that interim CEO Brad Preber had recently handed out purple roses to 26 new partners, 16 new principals, and 39 new managing directors.

This year’s class of 42 new GT partners and principals is the largest since 2016:

Let’s take a look at the Purple Rose of Chicago’s class of new PPMDs by the numbers:

  • 35: The number of new PPMDs in advisory, the most of any service line, followed by 23 in tax, 20 in audit, and three in internal client services.
  • 27: The number of new PPMDs who are women, or 33% of the class.
  • 11: The number of new PPMDs in Chicago, the most of any location, followed by 10 in Washington, DC, eight in both Philadelphia and New York City, and seven in Charlotte, NC.
  • 1: The number of new partners with the last name of Pizza.

Here is the class of 2019 at Grant Thornton:

Purav Adiecha

Managing Director

Advisory

New York

Danny Allustiarti

Partner

Audit

San Jose

Glenn Barenbaum

Managing Director

Advisory

Philadelphia

Melissa Black

Partner

Tax

Chicago

Jeremy Blain

Principal

Advisory

San Antonio

Phil Bonanno

Managing Director

Tax

New York

Sharon Campbell

Managing Director

Audit

Melville, N.Y.

Seth Chaikin

Managing Director

Advisory

Overland Park, Kan.

John Cooper

Managing Director

Sales

Kansas City, Mo.

John Coursen

Managing Director

Audit

Fort Lauderdale

Charles Curran

Principal

Advisory

New York

Don Davidson

Managing Director

Advisory

Houston

Mekaela Davis

Managing Director

Advisory

Overland Park, Kan.

Eddie Demosthenes

Partner

Audit

Phoenix

Helen Dixon

Managing Director

Advisory

San Francisco

Duc Duong

Managing Director

Advisory

Washington, D.C.

Adam Erickson

Partner

Audit

Minneapolis

Bob Forchetti

Partner

Audit

Philadelphia

Jim Fortosis

Managing Director

RRLA

Chicago

Laura Frei

Partner

Audit

Dallas

George Geyer

Partner

Audit

Philadelphia

Jeremy Goss

Partner

Audit

New York

Todj Gozdeck

Managing Director

Advisory

Boston

Ryan Gravuer

Managing Director

Tax

Philadelphia

Allison Green

Managing Director

Tax

Dallas

Ben Harder

Principal

Advisory

Seattle

Jon Haugeberg

Partner

Tax

Chicago

Natalie Heinan

Managing Director

Tax

Appleton, Wisc.

Mike Hennessey

Managing Director

Advisory

Charlotte

Kira Hilden-Minton

Managing Director

Audit

Atlanta

Lindsay Hohler

Principal

Advisory

Washington, D.C.

Javier Huertas

Managing Director

Tax

Seattle

Hunter Jackson

Partner

Audit

Charlotte

Carl Kenyon

Partner

Tax

Houston

Hassan Khan

Managing Director

Advisory

New York

Sherry Lam

Managing Director

Tax

Fort Lauderdale

Sondra Leibner

Principal

Advisory

Philadelphia

Don Lippert

Principal

Tax

Chicago

Dan Lynes

Partner

Tax

New York

Brian May

Managing Director

Audit

Charlotte

Patrick McAuley

Partner

Advisory

Charlotte

Brandan McGaughey

Partner

Audit

Houston

Michele Melchior

Managing Director

Tax

Charlotte

Linda Miller

Principal

Advisory

Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Morelli

Principal

Advisory

Philadelphia

Joseph Mulligan

Principal

Advisory

Iselin, N.J.

Scott Nemeroff

Managing Director

Advisory

Washington, D.C.

Dianne Neurauter

Principal

Advisory

Charlotte

Russell Norris

Partner

Tax

Charlotte

Jared Novotny

Partner

Tax

Minneapolis

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj

Managing Director

Advisory

Washington, D.C.

Shalin Pathak

Partner

Audit

Chicago

Zak Pierce

Managing Director

Advisory

Philadelphia

Jason Pizza

Partner

Advisory

Chicago

Howard Polonetsky

Managing Director

Tax

New York

Barrett Popst

Managing Director

Advisory

Dallas

Peter Poulos

Partner

Tax

Chicago

Steven Propester

Partner

Audit

Oklahoma City

Tony Pyka

Managing Director

Tax

Minneapolis

Chad Rheingans

Managing Director

Advisory

Washington, D.C.

Bridget Roche

Managing Director

Tax

Chicago

Liza Rothhammer

Principal

Tax

Denver

Frank Russo

Partner

Tax

New York

Sudhakar Sathiyamurthy

Managing Director

Advisory

Chicago

Robert Schein

Managing Director

Advisory

Denver

Laura Schuetze

Managing Director

Audit

Milwaukee

Chris Sheehy

Partner

Audit

Dallas

Angie Sosa

Partner

Tax

Reno

Jennifer Sowieja

Managing Director

Advisory

Minneapolis

Mark Springer

Principal

Advisory

Iselin, N.J.

Jeffrey Stemmons

Managing Director

Advisory

Austin, Texas

Rachel Stushek

Managing Director

Audit

Washington, D.C.

Aamir Syed

Principal

Advisory

Washington, D.C.

Mary Torretta

Principal

Tax

Washington, D.C.

Bryan Walker

Partner

Advisory

San Francisco

Joanie Walker

Principal

Advisory

Philadelphia

Edward Weaver

Partner

Tax

Chicago

Will Whatton

Principal

Advisory

Houston

Stacey Whitfield

Partner

Audit

Columbia, S.C.

Marjorie Whittaker

Managing Director

Audit

Washington, D.C.

Kaori Yashiro

Managing Director

GTI

Chicago

Congrats to all the new Grant Thornton PPMDs! May you be blessed with Chicago Cubs tickets and job security.

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