Ariane Whittemore is a Managing Director in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice based in the Arlington, Virginia Office.
Mr. Whittemore leads Grant Thornton’s Department of the Navy account (U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps), devising and leading the go-to market strategy. She directs teams dedicated to market research, pricing, teaming, competitors, value proposition, proposals, and pipeline management. She also serves as a Senior Defense Advisor, developing the annual Defense Strategic Plan and assisting the Defense leadership team with client engagement, proposals, and representation.
Ms. Whittemore leads engagements across the Department of Defense including at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Navy, and Marine Corps. She leads a multi-year contract with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy which provides robotic process automation, and data analytic support for the Military Family Life Counseling program and provides policy development, financial management and data analytic support for the Department’s $4 billion Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs. She also leads financial resource management and financial audit support projects for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Ms. Whittemore brings to Grant Thornton over 30 years of Department of Defense (DoD) experience; with 20 years as a Senior Executive (equivalent to an Admrial or General). Her DoD experience includes senior leadership positions in financial management, strategy and policy devlopment, logistics, people and culture, and executive management. Ms. Whittemore served as the U.S. Marine Corps’ Senior Civilian Executive responsible for Program and Resource Management of over $35 billion and led the Marine Corps financial statement audit; served as the Senior Civilian Advisor to the Commander U. S. Pacific Command; led Chief of Naval Operations Base Re-Alignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 process; and advised the Chief of Naval Operations on resource allocation strategies for Navy’s $25 billion Fleet Readiness and Logistics programs.