Baker Tilly adds Laura Gitlin and Michael Duke to US advisory business

04 May 2017

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, the network’s US arm, has appointed Laura Gitlin, formerly a Senior Councel at Philadelphia Housing Authority, as Senior Managing Director in the firm’s Philadelphia practice. In addition the firm has added Michael Duke, formerly a Managing Director at KPMG, as Principal in its Healthcare Consulting practice, based out of North Carolina.

Prior to joining Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Laura Gitlin worked at Philadelphia Housing Authority for almost two years as Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Previously she worked at Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company for fifteen years, holding various roles of increasing seniority, starting out as a Project Manager and leaving from the role of Senior Council. She previously worked as a Real Estate Attorney for Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.

Gitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory University and a Doctor of Law in Law from The George Washington University Law School.

Gitlin brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm, most recently focused on providing private and public clients with legal, incentives and location advisory services. She joins the firm as a Senior Managing Director in the firm’s Philadelphia practice, and is tasked, among others, with providing the firm’s growing client footprint in the credits, incentives and housing with advisory services.

Regarding the addition, Michael Ross, Baker Tilly Partner and leader of the firm’s Transactions practice, says, “Many organizations are realizing how important a strong project finance structure can be to their development projects. As the demand for comprehensive capital raising solutions continues to expand, so does our team. Leveraging our deep service experience combined with specialized industry teams, we feel expanding our team on the East Coast is an important step to serve the growing needs of our clients.”

Laura Gitlin and Michael Duke - Baker Tilly

Prior to joining Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Michael Duke worked at KPMG where he was a Managing Director for more than three years. He was previously, briefly, an Assistant Vice President responsible for Revenue Cycle Advisory Services at Jacobus Consulting. Earlier in his career he worked as an Assistant Vice President Consulting at Parallon Business Solutions for two years from 2011; a Partner at Hospital Revenue Cycle Management, from 2009; a Managing Partner & CEO of The Crito Group, he joined the firm in 2003; a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, which he joined in 1994; and a System Analyst at King's Daughters Medical Center, where he started out in 1991.

Duke holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and General Business from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters of Business Administration in Business from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Duke joins the firm as a Principal in its Healthcare Consulting practice, based out of North Carolina. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector to the firm, working across operations and IT. He is tasked with realising growth objectives in the firm’s revenue cycle management practice.

Commenting on the addition, Healthcare Consulting Leader David Gregory, remarks, “Mike’s focus on revenue cycle management and data analytics for healthcare providers is exactly what we needed to continue growing our healthcare practice. We are thrilled he is joining the team and look forward to his approach to amplify our value to clients.”

“Healthcare is constantly evolving in complexity which makes it an exciting industry to work in,” says Duke. “Our focus at Baker Tilly is to assist our clients with meaningful solutions that optimize revenue cycle outcomes and drive material monetary results with an eye towards the impact of value-based care initiatives while effectively strategizing for new reimbursement models.”


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.