James Powers new CEO of Crowe Horwath in US

15 August 2014 Consultancy.uk

Crowe Horwath, one the largest public accounting and consulting firms of the United States, has announced the appointment of James ‘Jim’ Powers as its new CEO. The appointment has been planned well ahead as Powers will assume his new role in April 2015.

Crowe Horwath
Crowe Horwath, an independent member of Crowe Horwath International*, is one the largest public accounting and consulting firms of the United States (US) and provides audit, tax, advisory, risk, and performance services. The firm has over 3,000 employees, working at roughly 30 offices in the US.

Recently, Crowe Horwath has announced the appointment of James ‘Jim’ Powers as its new CEO. The appointment of Powers is well ahead of the starting date of his new function, and demonstrates a thought through succession plan for the firm. Powers will assume his new role on April 1st 2015 and succeed Charles M. Allen, who has been the company’s CEO for the last 8 years. “The Executive Committee members feel strongly that Jim is the right person to lead Crowe and continue the firm’s success,” says Mike Percy, Executive Committee Chair. As the new Crowe Horwath CEO, Powers’ key focus will be on continuing the expansion of the firm’s national footprint, service offerings and brand. “As a firm that has a significant portion of our business operated as a regulated profession, we continue to face many changes and believe Jim will lead Crowe to be an even stronger organization,” Percy continues.

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James Powers
Powers is currently the Managing Partner of the Indianapolis office, and has over 36 years of experience in providing audit services. In addition to being the Indianapolis Managing Partner, Powers also chairs the firm’s Retirement Plan Investment Committee and represents the firm globally as a liaison partner to Crowe Horwath International.

Powers joined the firm’s Elkhart, Indiana office straight out of DePauw University in 1978 as a campus recruit. In 1989, he was elected Partner and in 2007 he relocated to Indianapolis to assist in the continued development and growth of the Indianapolis market. During his time at Crowe Horwath, Powers has held several positions in addition to serving as Managing Partner of several local offices. These positions include: Chair of the Accounting and Auditing Practice Committee, Chair of Standards, Quality and Risk Committee, Managing Executive of the Audit and Financial Advisory Business Unit, member of the firm’s Management Committee, and member of the Crowe Executive Committee, including serving as the Chair 2012-2013.

* Crowe Horwath International is one of the largest global accounting networks in the world and consists of more than 150 independent accounting and consulting services firms in more than 100 countries.


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.