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Welsh Joins Mazars USA’s Pennsylvania Office Practice as Partner

Jim Welsh

Jim Welsh

New York-based Mazars USA LLP (FY17 net revenue of $189 million) announced that Jim Welsh has joined the firm’s Pennsylvania office as an audit partner. His substantial expertise will significantly expand the firm’s service capabilities in the Pennsylvania/Southern New Jersey region, as well as firmwide.

“We’re pleased to welcome Jim to our team, as we continue to grow our Pennsylvania office and execute on our strategy in that region,” says Victor Wahba, Mazars chairman and CEO. “I know that his extensive experience in a range of sectors will provide substantial value to our clients. As we continue to expand in the Pennsylvania area, we expect to be adding even more resources in the near future and Jim will be instrumental in this growth.”

Welsh has more than 30 years’ experience in public accounting, most recently as the PIC of the Philadelphia office consumer & industrial products practice of a large national firm. He specializes in the audit of public companies, privately-held businesses and not-for-profit organizations. His clients come from a range of industries, including manufacturing, freight and logistics, professional services, real estate, higher education and health care.

“Mazars’ Pennsylvania office is an exciting place to be right now, and I look forward to helping expand the team here,” says Welsh. “I plan to leverage my past leadership experience to continue providing exceptional service to Mazars’ existing clients, as well as reaching out to build new relationships.”

Mazars USA Welcomes Schneider as National Tax Practice Leader

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) welcomed Charles Schneider as the national tax practice leader.

“Charles’s extensive track record of effective leadership, in the U.S. and internationally, makes us confident that he will be a significant asset as head of the Mazars USA tax practice, contributing to the firm’s strategic plan as we continue expanding both nationally and globally,” says chairman and CEO, Victor Wahba.

Schneider spent the majority of his career with a Big 4 firm and, more recently, with a large regional firm. He has experience in domestic and international tax and business planning, working with large multinational corporations, as well as middle market businesses across various industries.

“I am confident our teams can leverage our experience to continue the firm’s expansion, both domestically and internationally. Ongoing development of our integrated global platform will help position Mazars to better serve our clients both locally and around the world,” says Schneider.

Mazars USA Welcomes McCreath as a Principal in Health Care Consulting Group

Gillie McCreath

Gillie McCreath

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) welcomed Gillie McCreath as a principal in the health care consulting group. McCreath has 25 years of health care experience, having advised numerous payer and provider organizations on strategic, operational and technological effectiveness. He will be focusing on expanding the firm’s current offerings in IT strategic planning, technology maturity assessments, optimization of existing investments and operational redesign transformation for a spectrum of health care industry clients.

Prior to joining Mazars, McCreath held senior management consulting positions at a Big 4 firm and held leadership positions at major New York-area hospitals.

“In this time of unprecedented change for the health care industry, we know that Gillie’s focused experience in improving IT systems and operational capabilities for payers and providers will be of significant benefit to our clients,” says Debra Bornstein, health care consulting practice leader.

Mazars USA Opens Los Angeles Office and Admits Two Partners

Karine Philippon

Karine Philippon

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) opened a new office in Los Angeles. Karine Philippon and Jessica Cluzeau, who were admitted as partners, will move to the new office.

Cluzeau, who has more than 15 years of experience providing accounting and advisory services in the U.S. and in Europe to international middle market and large companies within the manufacturing and distribution sector, will continue to focus on assisting international businesses.

Philippon has more than a decade of experience providing accounting and advisory services to middle-market and multinational corporations and will focus on expanding the firm’s technology and media practice.

Jessica Cluzeau

Jessica Cluzeau

“Companies, particularly those in technology, are facing many challenges right now. Jessica’s and Karine’s experience working with international entities will be of significant benefit to our clients. By expanding our practice reach, we’re demonstrating our dedication to maintaining a leadership position in this sector, including continuing to attract exceptional individuals with expertise in technology,” says Kathryn Byrne, partner, and manufacturing and distribution practice leader.

“I am excited about the opening of our new office in Los Angeles which will enable Mazars USA to increase its national presence, further building on our brand in the southern California market and provide opportunities to strengthen our capacity in serving our clients,” says Philippon.

“I am excited to be part of Mazars expansion in California, and its focus on technology and the international marketplace. I know that my expertise in these areas will be of significant value to the firm’s clients. In addition, being able to leverage the deep, global resources of Mazars Group will be critical for helping clients stay competitive,” says Cluzeau.

Mazars USA Admits Soussan as Partner in Manufacturing and Distribution Practice

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) admitted Raphy Soussan as a partner in the manufacturing and distribution practice group, focusing on serving multinational consumer products, and food and beverage clients.

Soussan has more than 25 years of experience providing auditing, accounting, SEC and GAAP financial reporting including financial planning, tax and business advisory services to a variety of multinational, middle market and start-up companies.

“Raphy’s experience serving a range of clients in the consumer products and food and beverage industries will be extremely valuable to our existing clients and future clients in these sectors, as we continue to grow,” says Kathryn Byrne, manufacturing and distribution practice leader.

Prior to joining Mazars USA, Soussan worked at Big 4 and mid-size accounting firms, helping clients streamline their operations and achieve their financial objectives.

“I’m very excited to be joining Mazars during this time of exceptional growth,” says Soussan. “The increasing footprint of the firm in those sectors where I have expertise is a unique opportunity for me to improve my support of existing clients, while also adding value to the Mazars team. At the same time, the global reach of Mazars Group will be a major differentiator as business continues to become increasingly international in nature.”

Mazars USA Acquires Elliot Horowitz & Company

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) acquired the 40-person team of Elliot Horowitz & Company, also of New York.

Elliot Horowitz & Company provides a broad variety of accounting, tax and consulting services geared toward entrepreneurial businesses and high-net-worth individuals.

Chairman and CEO of Mazars USA, Victor Wahba, says, “The merger is a critical piece in our growth strategy in providing top-tier services to entrepreneurial businesses and high-net-worth individuals, a very important business segment of our firm.”

Joining as partners are Elliot Horowitz, Bruce Balsam, Stuart Kamelhar and Barbara LaRocca.

“We are confident that this is the right course for our clients and employees, and together we will provide the highest level of client service for which Mazars and Elliot Horowitz & Company are known for,” says Horowitz, founder.

Mazars USA Admits Three Partners

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) admitted Cody Cass, Julie Petit and Kristen Walters as partners.

“Cody, Julie and Kristen all emerged as leaders within the profession and firm, and it is particularly gratifying when we raise and grow talented people into the partnership,” says Victor Wahba, chairman and CEO.

Cass, based in San Francisco, has eight years of experience providing tax advisory and controversy services across a wide range of industries. He specializes in transaction services, including tax structuring, tax due diligence and assisting clients with the tax aspects of their financial models.

Petit, based in New York, provides accounting, audit and advisory services to mid-size companies, multinational corporations as well as SEC registrants. She has industry expertise in manufacturing and distribution, water and luxury.

Walters, based in Edison, N.J., has more than 12 years of experience providing audit, accounting, tax and advisory services to clients in the retail, manufacturing and distribution sectors, and for employee benefit plans.

Miesel Joins Mazars USA as National Transfer Pricing Practice Leader and Chief Economist

New York-based Mazars USA (FY16 net revenue of $187 million) announced that Victor Miesel has joined the firm as a partner and national transfer pricing practice leader and chief economist. Miesel has more than 25 years of transfer pricing and consulting experience in Big 4 and large, regional accounting firms.

Miesel has led global economic consulting practices in New York, Boston and Europe. He has performed and defended transfer pricing studies for some of the largest multinational companies in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, life sciences, technology, automotive, energy, consumer goods and private equity investments.

“His expertise on transfer pricing matters and a history of providing high-quality service to top-level clients will help us continue to build on our first-rate capabilities in this area,” says Chairman and CEO Victor Wahba.

“The firm’s recent name change, to a single global brand of Mazars, signals its ongoing commitment to an international outlook and I believe my experience will add significant value for our clients moving forward,” says Miesel.

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.

WeiserMazars LLP Now Named Mazars USA LLP

New York-based WeiserMazars (FY15 net revenue of $171 million) announced today that its name is now Mazars USA LLP.

In 2010, WeiserMazars became an independent member firm of the Mazars Group with the intent to expand its U.S. operations by leveraging Mazars’ global reach. Since then, Mazars USA achieved over 50% growth and expanded regionally while broadening and diversifying its client base, the firm announced. Mazars USA will remain an independent member firm of the Mazars Group.

“Since joining the Mazars Group in 2010, our clients have seen the benefits of working with an integrated, global organization that offers extensive knowledge in a broad range of industries,” says Victor Wahba, chairman and CEO of Mazars USA. “Today, we are proud to be branded Mazars USA as we continue to grow and deliver outstanding results.”

The renaming is the culmination of a plan to closely align Mazars USA expertise in the United States with the broader Mazars global organization. Mazars USA expects no personnel changes related to the adoption of the new name.