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McDonnell promoted to global role

Grant Thornton has announced UK managing partner David McDonnell is to become chief executive of the firm's worldwide operation from July this year.

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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