Schellman Elects Desai as New President

Avani Desai

Avani Desai

Tampa, Fla.-based Schellman & Company LLC has elected Avani Desai as President of the firm.

As President of Schellman, Desai, who is 37 years of age, is one of the youngest leaders of a major accounting firm, and one of the few female leaders.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead one of the most innovative companies in our space,” says Desai. “I look forward to partnering with our talented team in our pursuit of providing the highest quality professional services to our clients.”

Since joining Schellman in 2012, Desai has held key leadership roles, serving most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Desai will succeed Chris Schellman, who co-founded the company in 2002 and has served as its President since 2009. Schellman had planned to serve as President until the company became one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S.

“Avani is the most dynamic professional that I have ever worked with,” says Schellman. “Her charisma inspires our team and her knowledge garners the trust of everyone she encounters. She is, by far, the best person to shape the future of this company.”

In her new role, Desai will be tasked with further expanding Schellman’s market leadership in compliance and attestation services. Her previous experience leading distributed teams in business development, sales and client service delivery, as well as providing general oversight of operations, including marketing initiatives and service line expansion, position her to be a highly effective leader.

Desai’s promotion was effective on May 2, the 16th anniversary of the founding of the company. Chris Schellman will continue to serve as CEO and will also assume COO responsibilities.