Grant Thornton Taps Allen to Lead Food and Beverage Sector

Robert Allen

Robert Allen

Chicago-based Grant Thornton (FY16 net revenue of $1.7 billion) named Robert Allen the food and beverage sector leader in its consumer and industrial products industry practice. In this role, Allen will oversee delivery of the firm’s audit, tax and advisory services to food and beverage clients. In addition, he will continue to serve as a principal in Grant Thornton’s technology solutions practice. Allen is based in Chicago and replaces Dexter Manning, who retired earlier this year.

Before his work in consulting, Allen held a variety of roles in the food and beverage industry, focused on plant management, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, quality, scheduling, procurement and industrial engineering.

“Bob is a results-driven, growth-oriented leader with a proven track record in positioning organizations to achieve operational excellence,” says Jeff French, national MP of consumer and industrial products. “Food and beverage companies are grappling with changing consumer preferences and how best to incorporate advanced technology into their operations, to name just a few trends. Bob’s industry experience, along with his technology background, will be assets to the growth ambitions and success of our food and beverage clients.”