Sara Lord, a partner in the national professional standards group of Chicago-based McGladrey (FY15 net revenue of $1.6 billion), was selected as the firm’s new national director of assurance services to be effective Aug. 1, 2015.
“Sara is deeply grounded in professional standards, and consistently thinks about how new standards and firm policies impact our auditors in the field,” said Jim Morton, McGladrey’s national assurance leader. “She takes the time to listen to engagement teams as they sort through challenging audit issues and then thoughtfully develops responsive guidance, practice aids and/or training as appropriate. Sara has made significant innovative contributions to the improvement in audit quality within our firm.”
In this new role, Lord will be responsible for the firm’s methodologies, guidance, and training for all assurance services. She replaces John Keyser, who will be leaving the firm to pursue his Ph.D. in accounting.
Lord joined McGladrey as partner in October 2012. She has 17 years of experience serving both public and private companies. She spent the majority of her career with Deloitte. She recently served as a member of the Private Company Practice Section Technical Issues Committee of the AICPA and has been involved in various Center for Audit Quality committees.