Grant Thornton Adds to Senior Leadership Team


Chicago-based IPA 100 firm Grant Thornton LLP (FY21 net revenue of $1.97 billion) is elevating the following five professionals to its senior leadership team:

As chief transformation officer, Enzo Santilli will oversee all firm technology systems and platform integration, business process excellence and product innovation portfolio management. Santilli joined Grant Thornton in 2013 and has been serving in the role of national managing partner of transformation services in the firm’s advisory service line and as OMP for Pittsburgh.

In the newly created role of chief strategy officer, Chris Smith will help shape and inform ongoing design and implementation of enterprise strategy, and serve as a subject matter expert to the firm’s leaders to help maintain and adapt strategic priorities. Smith joined the firm in 2016 and most recently served as the national leader of the strategy solution practice for advisory services.

“Enzo’s proven experience in the transformation space will empower our firm to capitalize on cutting-edge systems, processes and platforms,” says CEO Seth Siegel. “And Chris’s strategic mindset and expertise position him to drive the continuous evolution of our enterprise strategy.”

In the newly created position of national MP of geography, Nichole Jordan will be responsible for coordinating strategy execution at the geography level and driving consistent results focusing on growth, talent engagement and culture. Jordan has served in a number of senior leadership roles since joining Grant Thornton in 2003 and currently serves as MP of the firm’s central region.

Wade Kruse will become the national MP of advisory services, responsible for the direct oversight of and responsibility for the service line’s operations, financial performance and quality. Kruse has been with the firm since 2003 and most recently led the strategy and transactions practice within the advisory service line.

“Clients are facing dynamic challenges and opportunities that require forward-thinking approaches and a holistic firmwide delivery,” adds Siegel. “Nichole and Wade are ideally suited to ensure we effectively offer and scale integrated capabilities that meet the needs of our clients today and drive value well into the future.”

Finally, Rashada Whitehead has been elevated to the firm’s senior leadership team, where she will continue to serve as national managing director of culture, immersion and inclusion, a role she assumed in 2021. Whitehead has been with Grant Thornton since 2019 and has held several leadership roles in the people and community group, such as leading the firm’s DEI task force and serving as its head of colleague experience.

“Rashada’s efforts have had a tremendous impact on our firm as we build upon our culture of inclusion, while attracting, developing and retaining a diverse talent pool,” says Siegel. “Elevating her position ensures that our commitment to an inclusive talent engine and equitable community is infused in every decision our firm makes.”


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