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Michael J. Monahan




Executive summary


Michael (Mike) Monahan is Grant Thornton's National Managing Principal of People and Community (interim). He is also a Principal at the firm -- leading strategic client engagements. He has more than 25 years of experience as a leader in the human resources community and in relation to the evolving arena of human capital management.

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 life cycle. 

Monahan has been a featured speaker on topics associated with the leading-edge thinking for human resources for nearly 30 years, including: 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. 

Monahan has served as a member of various boards over the course of his career and currently serves on the executive committee of a not-for-profit board focused on the education and development of inner-city youth in Brooklyn, New York — where he grew up.




Professional qualifications and memberships


  • New York State Bar Association, Employment Law Section 
  • Past President, Kings County Catholic Lawyer’s Guild



Community involvement


  • Permanent Deacon, Diocese of Rockville Centre (Ordained in 2011); Assigned to St. Anthony's Parish, Oceanside, NY





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

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