Alvarez & Marsal hires two Managing Directors in Corporate Performance

07 February 2018

Alvarez & Marsal has appointed two consulting industry veterans to its Corporate Performance Improvement practice. Scott Burgess, whose career includes leading roles at Deloitte Consulting and AT Kearney, joins as a Managing Director in Washington DC, while Keith Browning, who was recently a Vice President at Hitachi Consulting and CEO of Sparks Grove, joins as a Managing Director in Atlanta.

Scott Burgess joins Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) from Acument Partners, where he was most recently the leader of financial advisory. His long and distinguished career spans various giants in the financial consultancy industry, including Principal and National Leader of the Banking & Finance practice at Deloitte Consulting in the US, co-leader of the North American Financial Services practice for Booz & Company and founding partner of the Financial Services practice at AT Kearney. Prior to his roles in the financial consultancy world, Burgess worked at the private equity firm of Golder Thoma & Cressey.

Burgess holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and attended the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

Scott Burgess and Keith Browning - Alvarez & Marsal

Prior to joining A&M, Keith Browning worked at Hitachi Consulting where he spent almost five years as Vice President in the of Management Consulting. He previously worked at Sparks Grove, as the President and CEO from 2006 until 2011, before a short stint as its Chief Strategy Office from 2012 until 2013.  Earlier roles include General Manager at Tribal DDB; Executive Vice President at Modem Media Digitas; Director at Andersen Business Consulting; and more than ten years at AT&T, in his final role as Director.

Browning holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

The appointment of Burgess and Browning as Managing Directors, boosts the firm’s presence in the Corporate Performance Improvement space – at a time in which companies are increasingly seeking to streamline their operations as compliance issues become everyday practice at financial institutions and digital transformations are prioritised. Through the addition the firm is in a better position to support its clients meet and maximise the benefits transformation can bring to their operations. 

Commenting on the appointment, Joe Berardino, a Managing Director who leads Alvarez & Marsal’s East Region Corporate Performance Improvement practice and Corporate Transformation Services, said, “A&M’s restructuring legacy and reputation for enterprise-wide transformation enables us to attract top practitioners like Scott and Keith whose careers are rooted in helping clients tackle the most complex issues and truly change their businesses to leave them poised for success. The depth of their combined experience will make a tremendous difference for clients facing disruption that has significantly impacted macro consumer trends as well as the challenges brought forth by geopolitical uncertainty and regulatory change.”

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.