Grant Thornton appoints two new industry leaders

22 August 2023 2 min. read
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Grant Thornton US has appointed Andrea Schulz as leader of its technology industry practice and Russell Norris as leader of its transportation industry practice. The mid-market accountancy also appointed new leaders for seven metropolitan markets.

Based in San Jose, Schulz has 18 years of audit experience focusing on the technology industry. She has led audits of companies undergoing transformational growth and supported firms in navigating transactions and IPOs.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2021, Schulz spent 16 years at KPMG, latterly serving as a senior manager in the technology audit practice.

She has a master’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington, as well as a CPA certification.

Grant Thornton appoints two new industry leaders

Based in Charlotte, Norris is a tax partner who has been at Grant Thornton since 2005. During his time at the firm, he has completed numerous accounting, innovative consulting, and tax reporting projects for clients in transportation, distribution, and manufacturing.

Norris has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University. He is also a certified public accountant.

“Both the technology and transportation industries have never been more complex, and clients need a trusted advisor that knows the intricacies of their business,” said Lisa Walkush, Grant Thornton’s national managing principal of industry. “Andrea and Russell will further strengthen our talented Technology and Transportation teams, and their vast experience will be instrumental to our clients’ continued success.”

The firm also appointed seven new market managing partners and principals:

Josh Smith — Austin, Texas
Scott DeVenny — Cincinnati
Tracy Hennesy — Houston
Greg Payne — Kansas City
Dave Maturo — Philadelphia
Jamie Sybert — Pittsburgh
Scott Mager — South Florida (which includes offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale)

“With a focus on quality and personalized service, our new leaders will bring our firm’s full strength to our clients,” said Seth Siegel, CEO of Grant Thornton. “Their understanding of individual market needs and industry-specific trends will ensure we continue our strong growth trajectory, and ongoing collaboration across industries, geographies and service lines.”

Grant Thornton earlier this year announced a reorganization of its regional structure.