Increasing focus on culture, immersion and inclusion
Rashada Whitehead has been elevated to the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, where she will continue to serve as Grant Thornton’s national managing director of Culture, Immersion & Inclusion, a role she assumed in 2021. She will continue to drive priorities through a transformational enterprise strategy that delivers people-first and client-focused outcomes, including a strong emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. Whitehead has been with Grant Thornton since 2019 and has held several leadership roles in its People & Community group, such as leading the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion task force and serving as its head of Colleague Experience. She received a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“Rashada’s efforts have had a tremendous impact on our firm as we build upon our culture of inclusion, while attracting, developing and retaining a diverse talent pool,” Siegel said. “Elevating her position ensures that our commitment to an inclusive talent engine and equitable community is infused in every decision our firm makes. Our goal is clear — to be the employer of choice.”
As part of the leadership succession, David Hazels will move from his role leading the firm’s Advisory service line to a new position within that group, where he can apply his broad skill set to help advance the firm’s strategy.
Likewise, Mike Monahan, who has held several leadership positions at the firm, will take on new responsibilities. He most recently served as the firm’s head of People & Community, during which time he helped lead Grant Thornton through a public health crisis and the sudden reality of remote work. He will soon begin providing his extensive human resources experience to the firm’s clients. In the meantime, he will continue in an interim capacity to lead day-to-day operations of the People & Community function as the firm conducts a broad search for a leader of that team.
“David and Mike have played critical roles in shaping and fueling our firm’s success and growth over the last several years, and I thank them for their tireless work,” Siegel said. “We look forward to continuing to benefit from their strategic acumen and contributions in these vital leadership positions.”
Additionally, Jamie Fowler will retire from Grant Thornton after holding a series of leadership roles, most notably heading the firm’s Enterprise Transformation team and, before that, leading the Tax service line. She has also served as the firm’s managing partner for its Atlantic Coast region and was a principal architect of its shared-services center.
“On behalf of the entire firm, I would like to thank Jamie for her many significant contributions to Grant Thornton,” said Siegel. “She has meaningfully advanced our firm, and we wish her all of the best in her future endeavors.”
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