Himashini Weeraratne, most recently an account director for tax at Deloitte, joined Grant Thornton at the beginning of the month as a partner in its financial services division.
“We are excited about expanding our expertise in this important area,” said lead partner of Grant Thornton’s financial services industry group, Madeleine Mattera.
Chris Watson is also returning to the partnership’s financial services team. He comes direct from a four-year stint with consulting firm Aquenta, prior to which he was a partner in Grant Thornton’s forensic and investigation services division.
Grant Thornton has also added a new technology partner with the appointment of Branko Panich, formerly of asset management software firm Hardcat, as well as Deloitte.
“Digital transformation and technology advancement continues to be one of the greatest challenges for our clients as they look for opportunities to compete and grow,” said national managing partner Paul Billingham.
Grant Thornton has been actively growing its advisory operations, marked with a merger with Victorian-based consulting group GNC Group Consulting in September last year.