Grant Thornton Names Baril National Managing Principal of Innovation

Kevin Baril

Kevin Baril

Chicago-based Grant Thornton LLP (FY17 net revenue of $1.8 billion) has named Kevin Baril as the firm’s national managing principal of innovation.

In this newly created role, Baril will ensure that innovation is central to Grant Thornton’s services model. This will include launching new internal and client platforms and leading innovation investment and commercialization, as well as co-innovation with Grant Thornton’s clients.

“Our clients’ needs are changing fast: Technology and automation are upending the status quo, and they’re creating new ways for Grant Thornton to generate value for our clients,” says Mike McGuire, CEO of Grant Thornton. “Kevin will help our clients take what we call a ‘Status Go’ approach — to play the same course as everyone else but with a unique game.”

“All companies struggle with transformation,” says Baril. “That’s why Grant Thornton approaches innovation differently – putting the business strategy before the technology, and innovating alongside our clients, not off in some distant center. The result is the best solution, instead of something miniaturized from the largest corporations.”

Baril has more than 27 years of consulting experience focused on strategy, technology transformation and systems implementation. He has consulted clients across industries on a broad range of business technology issues. These include cloud solutions, service offering strategy and formulation, application management, go-to market execution, and sales and business development management.

Previously, Baril was a principal on Grant Thornton’s Business Consulting & Technology team in Advisory Services. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he served as vice president of Global Business Services at IBM.