Pittsburgh-based Schneider Downs (FY15 net revenue of $66 million) has announced that Susan M. Kirsch has been named the chair of the firm’s tax advisory services practice. She is the first woman to lead a practice unit at the firm.
Kirsch will transition to this position with the assistance of Paul M. Matvey, who has served as tax chair for the past 17 years.
“This continues the process of transferring Schneider Downs’ management responsibilities that began with the transition of Tim Hammer and me to the positions of co-managing shareholders last August,” says Steven D. Thompson, co-managing shareholder of Schneider Downs. “Both Ray Buehler, chairman, and Paul will continue to serve clients, transfer administrative responsibilities and focus on the firm’s client acquisition efforts.”
As chair of the tax group, Kirsch will be responsible for delivering tax services across a range of industry sectors. She also will be responsible for leading and developing core tax services to the firm’s strategic initiatives and will continue to provide tax services to the firm’s higher education and not-for-profit clients.
“It is a great honor to be named to this position, and to follow in the footsteps of Paul Matvey, who has been a friend and mentor for years,” Kirsch says. “CPAs in general, and tax accountants specifically, continue to face broad challenges in a rapidly changing industry.”
Kirsch joined Schneider Downs from the health care industry in 2002. Under her supervision, Schneider Downs’ Not-for-Profit Group evolved to become one of the region’s strongest and most accomplished practices.