Grant Thornton’s Janet Malzone recognized as NACD Directorship Certified™


Certified board members demonstrate their commitment to elevating board leadership


CHICAGO — Grant Thornton LLP, one of the nation’s largest professional-services firms, today announced that the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently recognized Janet Malzone, Grant Thornton’s national managing partner of Audit Services, as NACD Directorship Certified™. NACD Certified Directors, who earn NACD Directorship Certification®, signal to boards, investors and other stakeholders that they possess the highest commitment to continuing director education available in the United States.

The NACD Directorship Certification program, the nation’s premier certification for board directors, provides a tangible assessment of a director’s understanding of the essential knowledge required to lead in today’s boardrooms. Certification also facilitates continuous learning and allows directors to showcase their governance knowledge to the companies they serve and to other stakeholders in the broader governance community.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up the NACD Directorship Certification community,” Malzone said. “As NACD Certified Directors, we’re committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom excellence in the companies we serve. The information I’ve learned through NACD’s certification program helps me do just that.”

As Grant Thornton’s national managing partner of Audit Services, Malzone oversees the growth and operations of the firm’s audit-services offerings, as well as its continued focus on audit quality. Malzone is also a member of Grant Thornton’s Senior Leadership Team and is a certified public accountant in Illinois and Florida. She is on the board and audit committee of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is a Finance Committee member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Additionally, Malzone is a member of the Chicago chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is an NACD Governance Fellow and member of the NACD Chicago Chapter.

Previously, Malzone held numerous leadership roles within Grant Thornton’s Audit practice and served on the firm’s Partnership Board. She has nearly 30 years of public accounting and audit experience serving public and private companies. She has also provided support and service delivery to Grant Thornton International Ltd member firms — guiding their U.S. financial-reporting activities and steering technical-reporting issues related to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“NACD Certified Directors demonstrate their keen awareness that directorship is a profession that, like all professions, requires continuous learning,” said Peter R. Gleason, NACD’s CEO. “Janet is leading the way in achieving and maintaining the highest credential available to directors in the United States.”

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