Sacha Romanovitch, CEO, Grant Thornton UK

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO, Grant Thornton UK

Romanovitch became the first female CEO of a major accountancy firm in 2015, but her place on the power list is due to reasons far surpassing her gender

Bio

Romanovitch graduated from the University of Oxford in 1990, after which she joined Grant Thornton where she has remained for over 27 years.

She has spent her life working at the firm, holding various roles before becoming a partner in 2001.

Between 2008-2015 she was a partner leading on People and Culture, National Leadership Board and also became head of London advisory.

She has worked her way up to finally becoming CEO of Grant Thornton UK in July 2015.

Why did she make the Financial Power List 2018?

Upon Sacha Romanovitch’s ascension to the role of CEO in 2015, she became the first female CEO of a major accountancy firm. However, reasons for ranking her sixth on the Financial Power List far surpass her gender.

As CEO Romanovitch has utilised her understanding of people and culture to transform the working environment of the firm, rolling out several programmes aimed at fostering innovation and empowering employees.

She has also introduced Grant Thornton’s blueprint for a vibrant economy, which has seen the firm holding forums across major UK cities.

Early into her CEO tenure she implemented the distribution of profits, in the shared enterprise style of the John Lewis Partnership, and capped her own salary at 20 times the firm’s average.

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton is a top 10 accountancy firm, ranked fifth in 2017’s Top 50 + 50 rankings.

It provides three main service lines: audit/assurance, tax and advisory. The firm employs over 42,000 employees across 130 countries

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