Grant Thornton Adds to Leadership Ranks


Chicago-based IPA 100 firm Grant Thornton LLP (FY22 net revenue of $2.3 billion) has appointed Andrea Schulz to lead its technology industry practice and Russell Norris to lead its transportation industry practice.


Schulz has been an audit partner with Grant Thornton since 2021 and has 18 years of experience focused on helping startups and technology companies navigate transactions, initial public offerings and growth/transformation. She assumes her new role from Steven Perkins, who recently retired from the firm. Norris has been a tax partner at the firm since 2005 and has 18 years of professional services experience in the transportation, logistics, manufacturing and distribution sectors. He succeeds Randolph Smith, who recently retired from the firm.

“Both the technology and transportation industries have never been more complex, and clients need a trusted advisor that knows the intricacies of their business,” says Lisa Walkush, national MP of industry. “Andrea and Russell will further strengthen our talented technology and transportation teams, and their vast experience will be instrumental to our clients’ continued success.”

The firm also named new market MPs and principals for the following national market areas:

  • Scott DeVenny – Cincinnati
  • Tracy Hennesy – Houston
  • Scott Mager – South Florida (which includes offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale)
  • Dave Maturo – Philadelphia
  • Greg Payne – Kansas City
  • Josh Smith – Austin, Texas
  • Jamie Sybert – Pittsburgh

“Our new market managing partners and principals have a proven ability to understand clients’ needs and empower their colleagues,” says Nichole Jordan, national MP of geography and the firm’s RMP in Texoma, Texas. “Their impressive resumes may vary, but the one constant is personalization: they are passionate about people, and they align the right colleagues with the right teams to ensure clients receive the customized, high-quality service they deserve.”

“With a focus on quality and personalized service, our new leaders will bring our firm’s full strength to our clients,” adds CEO Seth Siegel. “Their understanding of individual market needs and industry-specific trends will ensure we continue our strong growth trajectory and ongoing collaboration across industries, geographies and service lines.”


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