RSM Names Nedder National Tax Leader

E.J. Nedder

E.J. Nedder

Chicago-based RSM US LLP (FY18 net revenue of $2.1 billion) has announced that E.J. Nedder has been named national tax leader and a member of RSM’s leadership team, effective Sept. 1.

Nedder succeeds Jeff Johannesen who recently accepted a position as RSM’s chief strategy & innovation officer. As national tax leader, Nedder will be responsible for setting and implementing RSM’s tax strategy. He will also serve as a member of RSM’s leadership team, reporting directly to MP and CEO Joe Adams.

During his 15 years as a partner at RSM, Nedder has held various tax leadership roles at the local, regional and national levels. He most recently served as RSM’s national tax consulting leader. Nedder is also the current chairman of the RSM US LLP Board of Directors. He has served two separate terms, and his current term will conclude this fall.

Skoda Minotti Admits Shoop as Partner

Jonathan Shoop

Jonathan Shoop

Cleveland-based Skoda Minotti (FY17 net revenue of $53.7 million) has admitted Jonathan Shoop as partner.

Shoop leads the firm’s manufacturing and distribution group. His experience includes more than 15 years in public accounting serving clients, and working at a multinational manufacturer. He joined Skoda Minotti in 2012.

Shoop’s areas of expertise include business advisory services, performing internal and external audit and attest services for publicly traded companies as well as large, middle market and smaller enterprises; buy/sell due diligence and technical accounting consultations; and performing cost studies/margin analyses on client and product profitability.

Prior to joining the firm, Shoop worked as a manager of external financial reporting for a Cleveland-based manufacturing company. He began his career at an international accounting firm as a manager in its audit practice. He was a lead manager of fieldwork teams on both PCAOB audits and private company audits, specializing in clients in manufacturing and distribution industries.

“Jon is a proven and respected leader, and a valued asset to our clients, our firm and our community,” says Gregory Skoda, chairman. “Clients rely on his intellect, his dedication to serving their businesses and his formidable professional skills to keep them ahead of the curve and profitable in the ever-changing manufacturing landscape. As a result, our manufacturing and distribution group has grown significantly with his leadership.”

Weaver Announces Industry Group Leadership Changes

Houston-based Weaver (FY18 net revenue of $127.1 million) has reorganized its financial and commercial industry groupings. The leadership changes enable specific teams to better focus on the firm’s primary industry areas: financial services, commercial services, public sector and private client services.

Effective June 1, Brian Reed, PIC of transaction advisory services and private equity services works with both Kevin Sanford, leader of the national financial services industry group and Melvin “Trey” Hunt III, PIC and leader of the commercial services industry group. The following industry leaders work primarily with Sanford in the national financial services industry group: Matt Anderson, PIC, alternative investments; and James Mihills, PIC, financial institutions services.

Working with Hunt, the following leaders will focus on specific industries: Rob Myatt, who now leads energy services; Brad Jay, who has led manufacturing and distribution services, is now also responsible for technology services; Mark Lund, continues to lead construction services; and Colby Horn, promoted to director of real estate and hospitality services.

Public sector services continue under the leadership of PIC Sara Dempsey. Private client services is co-led by Justin Reeves, PIC, North Texas, and Elizabeth Bunk, PIC, South Texas.

“As a significant part of Weaver’s strategy, our industry groups drive the organization because our clients care that we understand their business,” says Sanford. “They count on us to understand the industry regulations they face, the market and labor trends they feel, and the opportunities and threats that exist and drive their strategic decisions.”

Andersen Tax Welcomes Managing Director Rangel to the Houston Office

Abdon Rangel

Abdon Rangel

San Francisco-based Andersen Tax (FY17 net revenue of $247 million) welcomes Abdon Rangel as a managing director in the Houston office, who will join the firm’s commercial practice. Rangel has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, and specializes in global tax consulting, federal tax planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

Jason Graham, office managing director of the Houston office, says, “Abdon is an important hire as he transitions into our well-established oil and gas practice, given his deep experience working with oil and gas companies. It was crucial to find someone qualified to take the lead over the energy practice that we have successfully built over the years.”

Before joining Andersen Tax, Rangel was the VP of tax and risk management at Linn Energy, previously one of the largest E&P MLP and institutional investment companies. He also has previous experience at KPMG and PwC, where he was a partner.

Andersen Tax CEO and global chairman, Mark Vorsatz, says, “Abdon brings to the firm expertise and leadership as well as experience in tax planning, tax return compliance and working on upstream, midstream and downstream publicly traded companies. He demonstrates our core values of stewardship and providing best-in-class service and I look forward to his future contributions.”

Crowe, Purdue Polytechnic Institute Announce Digital Risk Collaboration

Chicago-based Crowe (FY18 net revenue of $883.6 million) and the Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT) at Purdue Polytechnic Institute recently established the Purdue-Crowe Digital Risk Collaboratory. The culmination of two years of work, this collaboratory will serve to develop opportunities in sponsored and government-funded research, with both sides working together on select Crowe client projects and services.

Combining the client engagement experience of Crowe with Purdue’s world-class research, faculty and students, the collaboratory will undertake joint projects for new clients, conduct federal and nonfederal research on digital risk issues and provide education. CIT faculty, staff and students will work closely with Crowe personnel to develop and test new risk management solutions for the digital age. The collaboratory is also developing executive training courses on how to manage digital risk for business executives.

“Leveraging our client leadership with Purdue’s research leadership is an outstanding value proposition,” says Steve Strammello, MP, Crowe risk consulting. “We’re investing in a future where our clients can maximize the adoption of digital-era tools and technologies while minimizing the risks associated with digital transformation. We believe this alliance will advance how organizations manage risk as they transform their businesses into the digital age.”

“The decision to collaborate is a bold and aggressive move by both sides to establish a more extensive foundation for digital and cyber risks, creating real-world application opportunities for ongoing research and projects,” says Marcus Rogers, head of CIT. “The collaboratory solidifies that exchange of ideas and the public-private partnership concept.”

Purdue’s internationally renowned strengths, including robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and technology-enabled learning, allow for a multidisciplinary approach to meet future challenges. Work continues on setting up a mutually beneficial location for the collaboratory.

To learn more, visit Crowe risk consulting cybersecurity.

Grant Thornton Names Platt as Northeast Regional Managing Partner

David Platt

David Platt

Chicago-based Grant Thornton LLP (FY17 net revenue of $1.8 billion) has named David Platt as regional MP of the firm’s Northeast region, effective Aug. 1.

“David is a proven leader who has substantially grown our New England practice,” says Jim Brady, Grant Thornton’s COO. “His business acumen, passion for the firm’s clients and leadership skills will spur continued growth across our eight Northeastern offices, including our important New York City office.”

Platt has served in various leadership roles at Grant Thornton, including his recent position as New England MP. As an audit partner, he has served clients in several industries, including consumer and industrial products and not-for-profit organizations. With more than 29 years of public accounting experience, his specialties include strategic planning, corporate board governance, corporate profitability enhancements, and mergers and acquisition services.

Grant Thornton Names Wagner as Chief People and Culture Officer

Brenda Wagner

Brenda Wagner

Chicago-based Grant Thornton LLP (FY17 net revenue of $1.8 billion) has named Brenda Wagner its new chief people and culture officer (CPCO).

“At Grant Thornton, our people-first culture is integral to our unique ‘Status Go’ brand,” says Mike McGuire, Grant Thornton’s CEO. “Brenda’s passion for driving high performance, coupled with her enthusiasm about our culture, makes her an ideal addition to our team. And her commitment to challenging convention and thinking in new ways is perfect for Grant Thornton.”

As the firm’s CPCO, Wagner will report to McGuire and be responsible for all aspects of Grant Thornton’s people and culture organization. This includes talent recruiting and retention strategy, capacity and resource management, people operations and analytics, learning and organizational effectiveness, people experience, and people and culture transformation efforts.

Wagner joins Grant Thornton after nearly four and a half years at IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS), where she led compensation and benefits, global talent and global talent acquisition. In her most recent role there, she served as the human resources senior vice president of R&D Solutions, IQVIA’s largest business unit. Prior to IQVIA, Wagner had a 20-year tenure at IBM, where she held strategic roles across various business units and centers of excellence, culminating in her appointment as human resources vice president for global technology services North America in 2010.

Bennett Thrasher Adds Business Transformation Services Practice

John Yeager

John Yeager

Atlanta-based Bennett Thrasher LLP (FY18 net revenue of $55.6 million) has announced the creation of a new business transformation services practice.

The new service offering will provide outsourced financial operations to business owners, implementing best practice techniques at the intersection of software and accounting. John Yeager will lead the new practice.

“Through the new business transformation services group, Bennett Thrasher’s clients will have access to real-time financial reporting and metrics that enable them to plan and forecast for their business in ways they have not been able to previously,” says Jeffrey Eischeid, MP of Bennett Thrasher. “John brings a depth of experience in both accounting and technological applications. This applied expertise provides clients with on-demand access to critical data and with making quicker, well-informed business decisions.”

“Bennett Thrasher’s business transformation services will help clients leverage real-time information and provide greater visibility into their business performance,” says Yeager. “Our consultative services and technology deliver multi-dimensional reporting on a very granular basis that will help guide strategic business decisions and poise our clients for future growth.”

Prior to joining the firm, Yeager was managing director at Seven Bridges Group, where he helped CPA firms realize the potential of the outsourced accounting practice area through a combination of business transformation services, platform and application management expertise, and sales and marketing support. He previously served as VP of sales and marketing at Windham Brannon, where he led the company’s growth and innovation initiatives, including the virtual accounting solutions practice.

Perez Joins Sikich’s Indianapolis Office as an Audit Partner

Tina Perez

Tina Perez

Tina Perez has joined Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich (FY17 net revenue of $152.1 million) as an audit partner. Based in the firm’s Indianapolis office, Perez will lead audits for construction and real estate clients.

“Tina has outstanding audit experience in the construction and real estate industries, and we’re excited to add her skills to our growing team in Indianapolis,” says Tom Bayer, PIC of Sikich’s Indianapolis office. “She will play a key role in helping the firm continue to expand in this market.”

Prior to joining Sikich, Perez was an audit and assurance director at Baden Gage & Schroeder. Perez has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting industry. She spent more than 10 years as a private accountant, working as a controller and CFO for companies in the construction, real estate and retail industries.

“As construction companies and real estate developers look to capitalize on the new tax law and ensure continued compliance with important industry regulations, expert accounting guidance is more important than ever,” says Perez.

Macias Admitted as Partner at MGO LLP

Rodrigo Macias

Rodrigo Macias

Los Angeles-based Macias Gini & O’Connell (FY17 net revenue of $53.6 million) announced that Rodrigo Macias has been admitted as the firm’s newest partner. Macias joined MGO in 2014 as a director in the San Diego office, where he helped build the firm’s gaming, hospitality and tribal services practice. In that role, he broadened MGO’s advisory service capabilities while establishing himself as an industry thought leader, publishing articles and speaking at national conferences on the subjects of forensic accounting, risk management and operational performance.

In 2016, Macias was named the leader of MGO’s firmwide Advisory Services practice. In that role, he helped expand the firm’s solution architecture to include forensic accounting, risk advisory, transaction advisory, financial advisory and management consulting.

“Rodrigo truly exemplifies the values of the firm in his work and his day-to-day interaction with clients and colleagues,” says Kevin O’Connell, CEO and MP of MGO. “I’m proud to have him as a partner and I look forward to everything he will achieve in his new role.”

Macias has experience managing internal audits on an international scale for fortune 500 companies as well as consulting in various areas such as human resources, purchasing, manufacturing, marketing, hotel, retail and casinos.