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.

Stambaugh Ness Wins Award For Camaraderie and Team Work

York, Pa.-based Stambaugh Ness was recently awarded the 2017 BDO Alliance USA service award, which honors a member firm that has made significant contributions to the alliance.

During the award presentation, Martin McLaughlin, BDO Alliance USA’s managing director of operations, shared highlights from the winning nominations, referring to the firm as a “trusted partner” that gladly shares its expertise and assistance to other firms. The nominating firms have benefited significantly from the cooperative spirit exhibited by Stambaugh Ness, he said.

Steven Hake, Stambaugh Ness president and CEO, says, “As a member firm of the BDO Alliance USA for more than 12 years we have not only enhanced our client service offerings, but have also benefitted from working one on one with other member firms who share similar goals.”

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.

Kruggel Lawton Partner Receives Indiana CPA Society Honor

Kevin Kruggel

Kevin Kruggel

South Bend, Ind.-based Kruggel Lawton (FY15 net revenue of $7.4 million) has announced that partner Kevin Kruggel has received the CPA Center of Excellence® Award by the Indiana CPA Society.

The award is given to an individual or firm embodying excellence through collaboration, development of critical business skills, knowledge-sharing and a competency-based approach to lifelong learning.

Kruggel is one of the Indiana CPA Society’s original Knowledge Management Task Force members, and has helped to lead creation of the CPA Center of Excellence®, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the state society. He engaged the center to work on staff development and succession at Kruggel Lawton. The majority of the firm’s staff also chose two competency-based online courses to work on so-called “soft skills.”

Kruggel serves on the CPA Center of Excellence® board of directors.

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.

Cohen & Co. Opens Office in Detroit

Cleveland-based Cohen & Co. (FY16 net revenue of $49.8 million) has announced that firm is opening its eighth office in downtown Detroit. Two partners and 10 staff will be base in the office at 719 Griswold St.

The firm recently added offices in Pittsburgh, Pa., and New York, and last year acquired GHD CPAs in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

“Establishing our firm in the St. Clair Shores office has allowed us to expand our presence in the metro Detroit area,” says Rob MacKinlay, president of the firm’s private company services division. “We continue to invest in dynamic, energetic cities throughout the Midwest that embrace our core beliefs. This location also will allow us to contribute to and get more involved with the Detroit community in an even more meaningful way.”

CEO Randy Myeroff says, “Our transition with the GHD office has been very successful, in terms of merging cultures, clients, employees and growth strategies. We feel we are in a great position to commit ourselves to this region even more deeply.”

PrimeGlobal Welcomes New Member Firm in Japan

PrimeGlobal announces the addition of Aoyama Sogo Accounting Firm Co. to the association’s Asia Pacific region.

Tokyo-based Aoyama Sogo Accounting Firm is a leading provider of financial, accounting, taxation and consulting services to local and international companies operating in the Japanese market. The firm was established in 1999 by founding partners Kazuhiro Matsuzawa and Masaki Aguni, the firm’s current CEO and COO, respectively. Their staff of 150 provides one-stop, proactive financial, accounting and taxation services to support day-to-day business operations in Japan. The firm serves more than 500 client companies and organizations engaged in diverse industries around the world.

PrimeGlobal is comprised of over 300 highly successful independent public accounting firms in 85 countries.