Los Angeles-based IPA 100 firm Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP (HCVT) (FY21 net revenue of $201.9 million) is making two major leadership changes effective May 1, with senior tax partner Vicken Haleblian taking over as CEO and MP, and founder and current MP Philip Holthouse assuming the newly created role of chairman.
“We have enjoyed strong, organic growth without making large-scale acquisitions, which is unusual in our industry,” says Holthouse. “We’ve accomplished this by creating an employee-centric culture, which stresses teamwork and professional development. We try to prioritize quality over size. Vicken is a product of these principles and will embrace them as he guides the firm and seeks new, complementary approaches to growth.”
As the first chairman of the firm he co-founded in 1991, Holthouse will concentrate on maintaining relationships with the firm’s strategic clients, leading client engagements and mentoring current and emerging firm leaders. Haleblian has been with HCVT since 2005 and currently heads the firm’s media and entertainment industry group. As the firm’s fifth CEO and MP, he will concentrate on setting and developing firm strategy.
“One of our biggest challenges as an industry is the unprecedented talent crisis, which makes recruiting and retaining exceptional employees critical,” adds Haleblian. “To date, we’ve taken a thoughtful approach to hiring and expansion, but as we evaluated our long-range plans, we knew we needed a steadying, experienced hand to guide our emerging leaders. Phil will concentrate on this as chairman, and I look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with him in his new role as we work together to move our firm forward.”