Greg Keith, currently GT’s Sydney office managing partner, has been promoted to lead the firm nationally once Mr Quant's eight year term as CEO comes to an end.
Speaking to AccountantsDaily, Mr Quant described his successor as fantastic in a number of areas.
“Greg brings the right balance of professional capability, innovative thinking and leadership to keep our people at the forefront among professional advisers," Mr Quant said.
"He truly is what I call client centric."
Mr Quant also praised Mr Keith's experience in leading both GT's Melbourne and Sydney offices as well as his time spent developing the firm's Honk Kong practice.
Mr Keith said he is excited to take on the new role and flagged innovation and agility in changing market conditions as key to success.
“The accounting market is changing and consolidating. We intend to be a driver of change, not a passenger. Our track record of M&A and development of new service offerings demonstrates this," he said.
“The main structural challenges in our industry are centred on commoditisation, globalisation and digitisation. Our response to the rapidly changing landscape will be built around four key pillars: distinctive client service, growth orientation of our people, technology and strength in our global network.”
Tony Crawford, Grant Thornton Australia’s chairman, said the selection process has been rigorous and in line with best practice corporate governance standards.
“It’s been driven by the board with the support of professional advisers," he said.
Mr Crawford said the appointment will be the beginning of an exciting era for the mid-tier firm.
"With a new CEO comes renewed impetus and fresh ideas about how to shape our strategy and deliver our next phase of growth,” he said.