Janet Malzone is Grant Thornton LLP’s national managing partner of Audit Services and a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team. In this role, she oversees the growth and operations of the firm’s audit-services offerings, as well as its continued focus on audit quality.
Malzone joined the firm in 2002 and has nearly 30 years of public accounting and audit experience serving public and private companies. Her clients have ranged from small entrepreneurial businesses to large multinational corporations.
Previously, Malzone served as Grant Thornton’s Audit practice leader for the firm’s Midwest region, where she focused on optimizing the client expreince across the region. In that role, she also served on Grant Thornton’s Partnership Board. Prior to that, Malzone served as the firm’s Chicago Audit practice leader and as a director of the firm’s International Business Center. Additionally, she completed a two-year secondment in London, where she 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.
Malzone is a certified public accountant (CPA) in Illinois and Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. 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. Malzone is also a member of the Chicago chapter of the International Women’s Forum and the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Chicago Chapter. In 2017, she was named to the Most Influential Women Accountants in Chicago list by Crain’s Chicago Business. In 2010, Malzone was named a National Association of Female Executives Rising Star and the Southeast region Influential Woman of the Year by the American Society of Women Accountants.
A frequent speaker on issues relating to corporate governance, Malzone is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and is an NACD Governance Fellow. She received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University.