As chief operating officer, Jim Brady is responsible for Grant Thornton’s operations both nationally and for the East and Central regions. Brady plays a key role in the development and execution of Grant Thornton’s strategic initiatives and champions the integration of its capabilities and operations to create value for clients.
In addition, Brady serves as Grant Thornton’s executive-team leader for public policy – advocating for pro-business progressive public-policy issues driven by client interests such as tax fairness, especially for businesses organized as “pass-throughs” and medium-sized businesses.
Brady joined Grant Thornton in June 2015 as the firm’s Central region managing partner and a member of its Senior Leadership Team.
Prior to that, he served as Deloitte LLP’s national managing partner for U.S. Government Affairs & Public Policy – and also served as CEO of Deloitte’s U.S.-India audit and advisory joint venture.
Brady has 36 years of experience in professional services, including 23 as a partner serving Fortune 1000 companies. He has extensive experience auditing both large and medium-sized public and private companies. Brady also spent several years as regional managing partner building audit and advisory practices in Deloitte’s Southeast geography.
Brady is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the board of directors at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – and on the boards of trustees at the Chautauqua Institution and the Graduate Management Admission Council. He also serves on the board of directors for World Business Chicago and is a member of the Wake Forest University School of Business Board of Visitors. In addition, he is a member of the Committee for Economic Development in Washington, D.C.
Brady received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
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Professional qualifications and memberships
CPA — Georgia, Illinois, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.
Member — American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The Carter Center, Board of Councilors
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Advisory Board
Chautauqua Institution, Board of Trustees
Committee for Economic Development (CED), Member
Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Board of Directors
Wake Forest University, Board of Visitors, Schools of Business
World Business Chicago, Board of Directors
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
BS, Business Administration, Bryant University
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