DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grant Thornton LLP named Wally Gruenes, 55, office managing partner of its Dallas practice, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Most recently, Gruenes served multiple roles as the national managing partner for all industries, the national managing partner for the Consumer and Industrial Products practice, and the Manufacturing practice leader.
Gruenes will succeed Ed O’Brien, who has served as the Dallas office managing partner since January 2009 and will continue to serve as the Central region managing partner.
“Wally’s vast experience and deep understanding of industry issues have been instrumental to the success of Grant Thornton’s largest industry practice,” said O’Brien. “His 30 years in the Dallas market and his deep connections to our clients and their industries will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of our Dallas office.”
Gruenes has nearly 35 years of experience working with international clients in the manufacturing, distribution and technology industries. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP and KPMG LLP in Dallas, Chicago and London. While in London he served clients across Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
Gruenes serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, The Senior Source and Back on My Feet. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He received a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified public accountant in Texas.
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