Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich (FY18 net revenue of $168.7 million) has announced that Sylesh Babu has joined the firm and been admitted as a partner in the audit and assurance practice.
Babu has nearly 30 years of experience providing accounting and audit solutions to manufacturers and distributors and professional services organizations, including law, information technology and engineering firms.
“Sylesh sees the industry the way we do and understands the need for auditors to become strategic business advisers for their clients, as technology roils the profession,” Sikich CEO Chris Geier says. “His impressive experience serving clients across many industries and around the world will benefit our audit team, and we’re pleased to have him on board.”
Before joining Sikich, Babu was a partner at Plante Moran. He began his career in India before working at BDO in the United Arab Emirates for seven years. He then joined Blackman Kallick in Chicago. Plante Moran acquired Blackman Kallick in 2012.
He has performed assurance and due diligence work for private and public companies in the United States, Europe, Middle East and India. His technical expertise spans financial statement audits, review and compilation services, field examinations, agreed-upon procedures, due diligence and forensics.
“I pride myself on not only performing thorough audit and assurance work, but also guiding my clients toward growth and profitability,” Babu says. “As technology radically changes our industry, auditors must become go-to advisers who can answer clients’ strategic business questions. Sikich has confronted this disruption head-on.”
Babu works in the firm’s Naperville, Ill., office.