Citrin Cooperman Appoints New Co-Leader of Franchise Practice

Michael Iannuzzi

Michael Iannuzzi

New York-based Citrin Cooperman (FY15 net revenue of $207 million) announces that Michael Iannuzzi, audit partner, has been appointed co-leader of the franchise practice.

As active members of the International Franchise Association, Citrin Cooperman’s franchise practice works with franchisors, multi-unit franchisees and private equity firms in many key niche areas, including restaurants, QSRs, fitness centers, entertainment services, educational service and junk removal companies.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Michael for over 10 years and he has proven himself as an ambassador and resource to the franchise community – domestically, internationally and operationally,” says Aaron Chaitovsky, the partner who leads the practice.

Iannuzzi has been advising franchisors and multi-unit franchisees for over a decade on various matters, including franchise performance representations, franchisee unit matrix, franchise disclosure document presentations, advertising fund structure, corporate structuring and restructuring, revenue recognition and asset protection. One of Iannuzzi’s primary responsibilities has been managing the domestic audit of one of the largest QSR franchisors in the world.

Iannuzzi says, “I am looking forward to creating new ideas, relationships and strategies to continue growing and enhancing the firm’s franchise practice for the next generation.”

Marks Paneth Admits Misuraca as Partner

Yasmine Misuraca

Yasmine Misuraca

New York-based Marks Paneth (FY15 net revenue of $110.9 million) has announced that Yasmine Misuraca has been admitted as a partner in the firm’s advisory services group.

Misuraca brings more than 20 years of public and private accounting experience, as well as a proven track record providing forensic accounting, consulting and expert witness services, the firm says.

“Yasmine’s expertise in fraud investigations and forensic examinations, paired with her outstanding business acumen, have been tremendous assets to our clients and team,” says Steven Henning, PIC, advisory services.

Misuraca has an in-depth knowledge of both U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and has consulted extensively on the application of these standards for business transactions and events as well as securities litigation. She has worked with the SEC on a number of high-profile cases, the firm announces.

Prior to joining Marks Paneth, she held successive roles at a Big 4 firm and with numerous Fortune 500 companies.

New Leadership Roles for Two at Rehmann

John Pridnia

John Pridnia

Saginaw, Mich.-based Rehmann (FY15 net revenue of $116 million) announces that two leaders are taking on new roles June 1 – John Pridnia becomes Rehmann’s new firmwide director of tax and Chris Morse moves from director of tax to regional managing principal of Rehmann’s Greater Michigan region, which covers Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and other important Rehmann locations.

Pridnia previously served as a regional tax director. Morse, after succeeding in a variety of firm and community leadership roles, “will carry his passion and infectious enthusiasm to further enhance client service capabilities throughout the firm,” Rehmann announces.

Chris Morse

Chris Morse

“John and Chris have proven to be great leaders and strong contributors at Rehmann,” says Rehmann CEO Randy Rupp.

Wayne Pahssen will transition from his position as regional managing principal as Morse steps in to focus on individual tax and wealth management clients. “Chris, John and I all know that Wayne leaves big shoes to fill in this leadership role,” says COO Stacie Kwaiser. “His work ethic and determination have put the firm in a strong position to leap forward in growth and client service over our next 75 years.”

Bodin Named Global CEO-Elect of Grant Thornton

Peter Bodin

Peter Bodin

Peter Bodin will lead Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL), the global entity of the professional services network with 47,000 people at member firms in over 130 countries. Bodin, the former CEO of Grant Thornton Sweden, will assume the role on Jan. 1, 2018, for a five-year term, succeeding Ed Nusbaum, who will retire at the end of this year after eight years as CEO of GTIL.

“I have always believed sustainable business success is built on having the right people, leadership and culture,” Bodin says. “My role will be to create an environment that allows Grant Thornton people and firms to collaborate, not just with each other but with clients and other stakeholders, to grow into the world’s best professional services organization.”

Nusbaum adds, “I am delighted that the board has chosen a strong, innovative leader in Peter who will inspire the people of Grant Thornton, our clients and our communities throughout the world.  I have worked closely with him over the years and I am confident that after a smooth transition he will continue the journey to execute our Growing Together 2020 strategy and continue to build an exciting future for this great organization.”

Bodin was the CEO of Grant Thornton Sweden for 16 years. He received unanimous support from the board, including CEOs of Grant Thornton member firms from 14 countries and two independent directors.

Mazars USA Grows Tax Practice with Addition of New Partner

Tifphani White-King

Tifphani White-King

New York-based Mazars USA (FY15 net revenue of $171 million) announced that Tifphani White-King has joined the firm as a partner in the international tax practice.

White-King has nearly 20 years of experience leading teams and providing expert tax and consulting services to international companies in the insurance industry, financial, private equity and investment funds, as well as media and technology. She has provided operational, strategic and marketplace direction for emerging and mid-market companies, including due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, global structuring and transaction planning, and related services.

Lisa Osofsky, private client services practice leader, says, “Her expertise on a variety of tax topics and history of providing high-quality service to top-level clients will expand our existing expertise in this area.” She further notes, “As our clients continue to become more global, we believe that her skills and experience will be of value to them.”

Prior to joining Mazars USA, White-King was a principal at a Big 4 accounting firm, where she oversaw a multi-million dollar portfolio of clients and led teams on a broad range of inbound and outbound tax issues. She also led various recruiting, diversity and professional development initiatives.

“The recent name change, to one global brand of Mazars, signals the firm’s ongoing commitment to an international outlook and I believe my experience in that specialty will add significant value for our clients,” says White-King.

Grant Thornton Adds to Cybersecurity Services

Chicago-based Grant Thornton has recently been accepted into the ServiceNow Services Partner Program – an arrangement that is expected to help businesses use a unique asset-based model to unify their cybersecurity tools into a single threat-management platform.

By participating in the program, Grant Thornton combines its experience advising companies on their governance, risk and compliance needs with implementations of ServiceNow’s cloud-based cybersecurity platform.

Grant Thornton believes the approach is distinctive because it provides a view into risk by analyzing a company’s current cybersecurity operations and third-party solutions, and then pulls them into ServiceNow’s structured-response engine.

“It’s about understanding assets, risks and controls – along with incident data from existing security tools,” says Vishal Chawla, national managing principal for Grant Thornton’s cyber risk advisory services practice. “By starting with the assets – not just the rules – companies can enjoy improved security at lower costs and in a resource-efficient way.”

Grant Thornton expects the approach to be a game changer for middle market companies, which, despite their concerns about cybersecurity, often lack the vital information they need to properly protect their operations.

Neal Named Cherry Bekaert Chief Human Resources Officer

Stephanie Neal

Stephanie Neal

Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert (FY16 net revenue of $164.2 million) has announced that Stephanie Neal has been named the firm’s new chief human resources officer.

Neal brings to Cherry Bekaert more than 20 years of human resources experience. In her new role, she will help improve organizational strategy, develop operational effectiveness and elevate team performance.

In addition, Neal will offer proactive solutions and sound practices that support the firm’s strategic growth. Throughout Neal’s career, she has consulted with companies nationwide in the professional services, health care, manufacturing, service/retail, telecommunication, education and nonprofit sectors. She has provided operational solutions involving talent development, compensation and total rewards, ethics and integrity practices, employment regulatory compliance, workforce planning and organizational effectiveness.

“Stephanie is an accomplished senior executive with the ability to deliver tailored solutions in support of human resource and people strategies,” says Paul D. Fedorkowicz, the firm’s chief administrative officer. “Her passion for organizational service and growing highly functioning teams will benefit our associates and promote the firm’s growth efforts.”

Prior to joining the firm, Neal spent six years at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA, Inc.), serving most recently as hospital system vice president, human resources with HCA Virginia.

CohnReznick Launches European Advisory Subsidiary; Selects Marc Altena as Leader

Marc Altena

Marc Altena

New York-based CohnReznick (FY16 net revenue of $589 million) has tapped Netherlands-based Marc Altena to serve as Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) advisory services leader and leader of the firm’s newly formed European subsidiary, CohnReznick Netherlands B.V., based in The Hague.

Altena is an experienced consultant specializing in business and technology transformation solutions. Previously, he served as MP of a Netherlands-based consulting firm, working with clients throughout EMEA in the real estate, insurance and banking sectors. He brings focused expertise in business transformation strategy, process optimization, international project management, change management and global technology implementations. The practice serves real estate, private equity and life sciences businesses.

“Marc’s deep insight into the business processes, operations and enabling technologies of the industries we serve will offer tremendous value to our clients. His strategic vision, consulting skills and technical expertise make him the ideal leader for our European subsidiary,” says Frank Longobardi, CohnReznick CEO.

David Rubin, principal, risk and business advisory director, says, “Having leadership immersed in the distinct cultures and business environment of the region is a factor in implementing successful improvement initiatives. Clients benefit from Marc’s ability to localize key services from our real estate advisory, CFO advisory, and technology advisory practices to help drive growth, optimize profitability, manage risk and improve operations.”

Altena is joined by Gabriela Pocsa, a senior real estate management consultant, along with a growing team of consultants.

Warren Averett Member Appointed to Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy

Steven Barranco

Steven Barranco

Birmingham, Ala.-based Warren Averett (FY15 net revenue of $115.4 million) announces that Steven Barranco was recently appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the Alabama Senate, to serve a four-year term on the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy.

The board is responsible for enforcing Alabama’s accountancy laws and regulations, which govern Alabama CPAs and Public Accountants.

Barranco joined Warren Averett in 1989 and is a member of the firm’s health care consulting division and of the health care reform advisory team. His specialization includes physician group practices and other health care-related companies. Barranco also provides assurance and tax services to individuals and small businesses. He served as president of the Alabama Society of CPAs in 2006-2007 and is very involved in the Montgomery community having served on several nonprofit, charitable and professional boards.

Baker Tilly Partner Massanova Honored as 2017 Woman to Watch

Donna Massanova

Donna Massanova

Chicago-based Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (FY16 net revenue of $522 million) has announced that partner Donna Massanova has been selected by the AICPA and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs as a 2017 Women to Watch award recipient.

Massanova, the firm’s employee benefit plan audit practice leader, was recognized for her dedicated mentoring efforts and ability to foster success in others while attaining her own success.

“Mentorship and community stewardship have always been passions of mine and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in many organizations throughout my career that allow me to coach and counsel others,” Massanova says. “I am honored by this recognition and by the support of my colleagues for the nomination.”

Massanova mentors women colleagues through Baker Tilly’s Growth and Retention of Women (GROW) program, accounting students at La Salle University and women and young professionals through her work with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She also conducts numerous trainings and seminars for developing leaders and frequently speaks at industry conferences.

“Donna’s leadership and commitment to the community make her an extraordinary advisor and team member,” says Joe O’Neill, Philadelphia OMP.

The Women to Watch Awards program was established in 2013, and Baker Tilly team members have been recognized every year since the program’s inception.