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Springfield,Mo.-based BKD (FY11 net revenue of $390.7 million), has named Tom Watson MP of the firm’s Dallas office, effective Jan. 1. Watson is the South Region leader for BKD’s national health care group. Watson was admitted to partner in 2001, and transferred to the firm’s Houston office in 2004. In 2010, he transferred to the firm’s Dallas office to help grow the BKD’s health care practice in that market. Watson succeeds MP Larry King, who is stepping down and into a role that will focus on business development initiatives for the Dallas market. King served as MP of the Dallas practice and its predecessor firm, KBA Group, for close to 30 years. BKD acquired KBA in 2009, and King has been instrumental in successfully integrating BKD policy, procedures and best practices.

Carmel,Ind.-based Blue & Co. (FY10 net revenue of $50.5 million), admitted Sara Jacobi to partner. Jacobi began her career in the firm’s Seymour, Ind., office in 1995. In 2002, Jacobi transferred to the firm’s Columbus, Ind., office to manage the tax and business services practice. She was instrumental in developing Aliign, LLC, an affiliated firm providing outsourced payroll,
accounts payable and accounting solutions in Southern Indiana, as well as across the firm. In 2010, Jacobi was presented the Ron Blue award, which is presented to personnel in the firm who excel at business development efforts.

Washington, D.C.-based Calibre CPA Group named James Kokolas MP, on Jan. 1. Kokolas will lead the firm’s 14 partners and more than 80 staff in D.C. and Chicago. Kokolas succeeds Stephen Raeder, after a 10 year-term as MP. Kokolas joined the firm in 1989. “I am very excited to lead the firm on its continuing journey serving our clients”, says Kokolas. “Furthermore, I want to acknowledge and thank Steve for the enormous contribution he has made to the success of the firm, and I look forward to continuing to work side by side with him.”

New York-based Ernst & Young (FY10 revenues of $7.1 billion), has named Mark Weinberger the firm’s next chairman and global chief executive, succeeding James Turley, who has served in the position since 2001. Weinberger will take the helm in June. Weinberger currently sits on the Global Executive, the firm’s highest governing body, and runs the organization’s Global Tax practice. He previously served on the Americas Executive and U.S. Operating Committee and ran the Americas Tax practice. Weinberger has been a senior advisory partner for many of the organization’s largest clients and also serves on the Global Markets Executive and Global Public Policy Committees. Mark was the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury (Tax Policy) under President George W. Bush and he was appointed to the U.S. Social Security Advisory Board by President Clinton.

Atlanta-based-Habif, Arogeti & Wynne (FY10 revenues of $59 million), named Richard Kopelman MP, effective Jan. 2013. Kopelman will succeed Dan Simms, who will end a nine-year term as MP. Kopelman joined the firm in 1992 and is a member of the firm’s executive board and leads the firm’s manufacturing and distribution practice. Kopelman also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth Association for Corporate Growth and founded Next Generation Manufacturing.