Cherry Bekaert Names Thompson as Firm MP

Michelle Thompson

Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert (FY17 net revenue of $174.8 million), named Michelle Thompson firm MP and chief executive officer. Thompson will transition from her current position as MP of assurance services practice and assume her new role effective May 1, 2018.

“I am thankful to all the leaders of the past and present who have built this firm, and I am honored to have been selected by the partnership to lead the firm into the future,” says Thompson, who is based in the Raleigh, N.C., practice.

Her leadership will include serving as chairman of the executive board, in addition to the day-to-day administration and financial management.

“My vision is ‘sustaining success through transformation and innovation.’ I want to honor our 70-year history by positioning the firm to quickly absorb, process and respond to the changing world through the services we offer and the way we offer them,” Thompson says. “We cannot ignore the impact technology has and will continue to have on our firm and our clients. We must form a close partnership with technology to be truly effective guides for our clients.”

Thompson will succeed Howard Kies, who will be stepping down on May 1, 2018, as firm MP after serving in this role for the past 27 years.

“I am pleased that Michelle is the one my fellow partners have chosen to lead Cherry Bekaert into the future,” says Kies. “During a time when the firm is experiencing unprecedented growth and planning for additional expansion, I am confident Michelle will be an asset as firm managing partner and guide Cherry Bekaert forward for many years to come.”