Grant Thornton promotes Billy Moore to Chairman of Operating Committee; names Sam Shaw as Chief Financial Officer

CHICAGO — Grant Thornton LLP has promoted Billy Moore from chief financial officer (CFO) to a newly formed role as chairman of the firm’s Operating Committee. Further, the firm has tapped Grant Thornton veteran Sam Shaw to succeed Moore as CFO.

In his new role, Moore will lead numerous operational teams and functions at the firm – building on his three-year tenure as CFO. He will report to CEO Mike McGuire.

“Billy brings a unique combination of operational vision and leadership skills that will strengthen our ‘Status Go’ philosophy throughout every part of our firm,” said Mike McGuire, CEO of Grant Thornton. “Billy is the embodiment of a firm centered on helping clients overcome challenges and create value.”

Moore previously served as the Professional Standards partner for the firm’s Carolinas practice. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2009, he served for 15 years as the executive vice president and CFO of several publicly traded multinational companies, including Unifi, Inc., Polymer Group, Inc., and International Textile Group, Inc. In addition, he spent nearly 20 years with a professional services firm in numerous roles, including audit partner and managing partner of several offices.

Moore received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) in North Carolina and South Carolina and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Sam Shaw named CFO Sam Shaw assumes the role of CFO after more than a decade at Grant Thornton. He joined the firm in 2006 and most recently served as managing director of Finance and Corporate Development.

“As our new CFO, Sam will bring strong leadership and great strategic focus to our financial operations,” said McGuire. “He has deep knowledge of our business and industry – both where it’s been and where it’s going. He’s led the way on important acquisitions and other transformational programs, and is a key leader driving change in the professional services industry.”

Shaw received his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University. He and his family reside in Denver, Colorado.

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