Schneider Downs Announces Applegarth as New Leader for Assurance and Advisory Services

Donald Applegarth

Donald Applegarth

Pittsburgh-based Schneider Downs (FY17 net revenue of $76 million) named Donald Applegarth chairperson of the firm’s assurance and advisory services practice.

Applegarth will transition to the position with the assistance of Brian O’Brien, who held the audit practice unit leader position for the past 15 years. O’Brien will continue to serve clients and play a critical role in the firm’s client acquisition efforts.

“Schneider Downs has enjoyed the good fortune of steady growth for more than 60 years, and that includes the ongoing expansion of our shareholder group and leadership team. That places us in a position to create a smooth leadership transition in our audit and assurance practice. Don and Brian have worked together for more than 16 years, and Don can continue to leverage Brian’s experience as he assumes new responsibilities,” says Steven Thompson, co-CEO.

Applegarth entered public accounting in 1992 and joined Schneider Downs in 2001. He will continue to serve as a leader on the assurance technical advisory committee, the governance body of the audit practice. His expertise includes working with public companies as well as large, privately-held corporations. He also leads the firm’s growing retail services group.

As chair of the audit and assurance group, Applegarth will be responsible for overseeing the audit practice’s core services by providing technical guidance and oversight, as well as developing programs for education, team mentoring and day-to-day department administration. He will continue to serve clients of the firm.

“I am humbled and honored to be named to this position, particularly given the opportunity to follow Brian O’Brien, who has been an incredible mentor and friend throughout my tenure at Schneider Downs,” says Applegarth. “We will continue to be a practice with a commitment to providing our clients with the highest level of service coupled with a personal focus. We have tremendous opportunity to continue fueling the growth of our assurance and risk advisory services by attracting, retaining and developing talented professionals with a passion for what they do.”