McDonnell promoted to global role

London and South East region managing partner Michael Cleary is to step into McDonnell’s shoes in the UK.

McDonnell, the firm’s longest-serving national managing partner, takes on a global operation of more than 600 offices with revenue in excess of $1.7bn (Pounds 1.18bn). He replaces Robert Kleckner who is retiring after 14 years in the post.

McDonnell said: ‘I have quite literally grown up with Grant Thornton since I qualified in the early 1960s. Becoming national managing partner in 1989, at a time of tremendous change in the profession, was a great honour.

‘I knew we had to carve out a new direction for the firm. Delivering my vision of Grant Thornton’s market leadership was a challenge that was actively, enthusiastically and successfully embraced by all throughout the firm.’

In February, Grant Thornton halted merger talks with mid-tier rival HLB Kidsons due to a failure to agree terms.


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