Mark Baer officially assumed the role of CEO at Crowe April , succeeding Jim Powers, who completed two terms in accordance with the firm’s partnership agreement. As part of the transition, Baer appointed Brenda Torres, who previously served as the firm lead for audit quality and operations in audit & assurance services, as the new chief operating officer.
Grant Thornton, Chicago, released its 2021 Q1 CFO Survey, which polled 250 CFOs and senior finance executives at companies ranging in size from $100 million to more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The survey, the first installment in the firm’s new quarterly CFO survey series, found CFOs are ready to grow, but are looking beyond pre-pandemic benchmarks. The full survey is availablehere.
The Illinois CPA Society, Chicago, announced its board of directors, to serve April 1, 2021-March 31, 2022. The officers are: chairperson Thomas Murtagh, BKD CPAs & Advisors; vice chairperson Mary Fuller, Shepard Schwartz & Harris LLP; secretary Deborah Rood, CNA Insurance; treasurer Jonathan Hauser, KPMG LLP; immediate past chairperson Dorri McWhorter, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago; and the directors: John Bird, RSM US LLP; Brian Blaha, Wipfli LLP; Jennifer Cavanaugh, Grant Thornton LLP; Pedro Diaz De Leon, Kemper Corporation; Kimi Ellen, Benford Brown & Associates LLC; Stephen Ferrara, BDO USA LLP; Jennifer Goettler, Sikich LLP; Scott Hurwitz, Deloitte LLP; Joshua Lance, Lance CPA Group; Enrique Lopez, Lopez & Company CPAs Ltd.; Stella Marie Santos, Adelfia LLC; Brian Stanko, Loyola University; Richard Tarapchak, II-VI Inc.; and Mark Wolfgram, CPA, Bel Brands USA Inc.