Grant Thornton has announced the elevation of five new partners and a principal, effective from 1 July, bringing the total number of partners to 176.
The bulk of the appointments come from the firm’s Sydney office, with Madina Aziz to become a partner in its audit and assurance division, and Jared Grima and Jonathan Mather in financial advisory.
David Gibson will be promoted to partner in private advisory in Grant Thornton’s Brisbane office, while Shona Cram has been appointed as an audit and assurance partner in the firm’s Cairns office.
Cathy Devietti rounds out the financial-year appointments with the promotion to principal in its private advisory business in Cairns.
All six of the new leaders have been with Grant Thornton or one of its predecessors for their entire careers, the firm said.
Grant Thornton chief executive Greg Keith said the appointments would help lead the firm through the economic downturn.
“The timing is significant considering the current economic climate. Entering into the first recession since 1991, all of our leaders will be essential support for our clients as they navigate the coming months and years,” Mr Keith said.
“A large proportion of our work relates to compliance and strategic support. With many of our mid-sized clients eligible for the various support measures on offer from state and federal governments — including JobKeeper — we have been busy working through the complexities with our clients.
“With a renewed focus on reform and the creation of jobs from all levels of government, we’re positive this will provide opportunities for us to collaborate with our clients on new pathways forward.”
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