Clifton Gunderson Announces Restructure of Executive Team

 

Milwaukee-based Clifton Gunderson (FY08 net revenue of $247.1 million) announced the restructure of its firmwide executive team. The changes are effective June 1, 2009.  

 

Todd Craft has been named Chief Business Officer . In his new role, Craft is a key member of the firm’s executive team and serves as an advisor on decisions that impact the strategic and operational direction of the firm. He provides leadership and direction to the firm’s internal technology, growth strategies and human resource services and initiatives. Craft was named Firmwide Director of Tax Services three years ago where he was responsible for maintaining and promoting the highest standards of excellence for the firm’s tax practice. He joined Clifton Gunderson in 1994 as a tax manager in the firm’s Peoria, Ill. office location. He was quickly promoted to senior tax manager and became partner in 2000.  

 

Anita Ford has been named Chief Practice Officer. In her new role as CPO, Ford is also a key member of the firm’s executive team and serves as an advisor on decisions that impact the strategic and operational direction of the firm. She leads the firm’s client-service strategic initiatives and provides direction to the firmwide directors of Assurance, Tax, EBS, VFS, CGFS and Consulting Services. Ford also provides direction to the firm’s in-house counsel. For the past four years, Ford has served as Firmwide Director of Assurance. She joined Clifton Gunderson in 1992 and quickly progressed to general partner in the firm’s Racine, Wis. office where she was primarily responsible for managing clients in manufacturing, wholesale and international freight forwarding, venture capital, employee benefit plans and not-for-profit.  

 

John Shutkin has been named General Counsel for the firm. In his new role, Shutkin will be responsible for directing and overseeing a wide range of legal matters pertaining to the firm. Prior to joining Clifton Gunderson, Shutkin served as General Counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP. He also spent 18 years with KPMG International and KPMG LLP in various positions including General Counsel of KPMG International and Deputy General Counsel of KPMG LLP.

 

Yassir Karam has been promoted to managing partner of our Valuation and Forensic Services (VFS) practice. In his new role, Karam leads the firm’s national VFS group in providing valuation, forensic accounting, transfer pricing, and financial modeling services to a variety of publicly-traded and privately-held companies. Karam has been an instrumental part of the firm’s VFS group for more than a decade when he joined the firm in 1998. He became partner in 2005.  

 

Cathy Schweigel has been named Firmwide Director of Assurance. In her new role, Schweigel will be responsible for maintaining and promoting the highest standards of excellence for the firm’s assurance services. Schweigel joined Clifton Gunderson as partner in November 2006. She has served as partner-in-charge of the Schaumburg, Ill. office providing assurance expertise for audit and review engagement of entities operating in manufacturing, distribution, service industries – including employee benefit plans and insurance.  

 

The firm also announced the approval of 16 new partners for admission to the firm. The 2009 new partners include: Mark Evans and Scot Nelson, Albuquerque;  Michael Drexler and Phil McCollum, Phoenix; Mark Dalbey, Peoria, Ill.; Mike Setchell, Dixon, Ill.; Rob Nowak, Oak Brook, Ill.; Craig Wierson, Des Moines, Iowa; Art Arbuckle, Indianapolis; Matthew Birkelien, William Early, Jennifer Leary and Thomas Rey, Baltimore; Paul Niedermuller and Robert Blodgett, Greenwood Village, Colo., and Kimberly Anderson Madison, Wis.