CHICAGO — The Partnership Board at Grant Thornton LLP announced that Bradley J. Preber will serve as the firm’s CEO. The board appointed Preber to the role following a comprehensive search process, and the firm’s partners and principals ratified the selection.
Preber has been serving as Grant Thornton’s interim CEO since June 2019 – and will now serve as the firm’s CEO through July 31, 2022 (his mandatory retirement date).
“Brad is a decisive leader who believes in delivering exceptional value to clients,” said Jim Wittmer, chairman of the Partnership Board at Grant Thornton. “As CEO, Brad will fuel Grant Thornton’s continued success providing innovative audit, tax and advisory services built on a foundation of quality.”
According to Preber: “Today’s businesses face formidable challenges – from accelerating growth and keeping pace with technology to mitigating risks and enhancing audit quality. As CEO, I will help Grant Thornton build on our track record of helping clients overcome these challenges through our uniquely differentiated client services, and our singular ‘status go’ culture.”
Preber joined Grant Thornton in 2004, after serving as a partner at Arthur Andersen. He has held numerous leadership roles at Grant Thornton, including: national managing partner of Business Risk Services; office managing partner in Phoenix; and chairman of the firm’s Partnership Board.
Consulting magazine named Preber to its 2019 Top 25 Consultants list for leadership – citing his 35 years of experience and his stewardship of Grant Thornton’s Business Risk Services practice, which Preber grew into a $200 million business, including a Cyber Risk practice he launched in 2017.
Preber is renowned for his experience serving clients as a litigation consultant and expert witness, as well as a forensic accountant, neutral arbitrator and fraud investigator. He has handled numerous complex issues and events with an emphasis on ‘bet the company’ commercial disputes and fraud claims.
Preber received a bachelor’s of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting from the University of New Mexico. He is a certified public accountant in Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Preber is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Global Management Accountant, Certified Construction Auditor and is certified in Financial Forensics. He is also active in several professional, civic and community organizations, and has served on a number of boards of directors.
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