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Michael J. Monahan




Executive summary


Michael (Mike) Monahan is a principal at Grant Thornton leading strategic client engagements. He has held several leadership roles at the firm, including national managing principal of People & Community. In this role, he helped steer the firm through the COVID 19 pandemic and served as a member of its Senior Leadership Team. 

In addition to his technical and leadership acumen, Monahan has experience providing advice, guidance and support to companies around the world on complex human resources and human capital strategy issues. He has previously served as a chief human resources officer, chief administrative officer, general counsel and labor counsel. He has provided guidance to senior leadership teams and boards relative to the entire spectrum of human resources matters and issues across the employee lifecycle and around the world. 

Monahan has been a featured speaker on topics associated with the leading-edge thinking for human resources for nearly 30 years, including: global workforce issues; strategic human capital transformation execution and leadership; compensation and benefits administration and design; diversity and inclusion program development; succession planning; board strategies and governance; human resources issues related to mergers and acquisitions; culture assessments and development; corporate transformation’s impact on people; the people implications of robotics and artificial intelligence; and the integration of human resources technology platforms into the human resources function, as well as across the enterprise. 

Monahan has served as a member of various boards over the course of his career , including several mission-driven not-for-profit enterprises supporting communities around the world.




Professional qualifications and memberships


  • New York State Bar Association 
  • Past President, Kings County Catholic Lawyer’s Guild
  • Society for Human Resource Management – Executive Community



Community involvement


  • Permanent Deacon, Diocese of Rockville Centre (Ordained in 2011); Assigned to Beach Catholic Community, Long Beach, NY





  • JD, Brooklyn Law School
  • MA, Pastoral Studies, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
  • BA, Philosophy, Binghamton University

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