IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP has named Kim Letch Managing Partner of its Orange County office, succeeding John Belli who is retiring after 39 years with the firm. Letch will be responsible for all services and resources in the Orange County market, maintaining high-performing client serving teams, developing EY’s people, and fostering a strong culture of exceptional client service.
Letch is a 24-year veteran of the EY organization. Her career began with the EY member firm in Australia and then took her to the UK EY firm in London. After spending time in the Ernst & Young LLP Chicago and San Diego offices, she joined the firm’s Orange County practice in 2004. As an assurance partner, she focuses on providing assurance and business advisory services to clients in the medical device, life sciences, health, and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, for the past nine years, Kim has been the Program Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Orange County, a global awards program that recognizes and celebrates high growth entrepreneurs.
“Kim has worked with clients at every stage of their growth -- from launch to market dominance -- and has led client teams across many industries,” said Kay Matthews, Ernst & Young LLP Vice Chair and Managing Partner for the West Region. “Her in-depth knowledge of the Orange County business environment coupled with her global experience, her vision, and her passion for developing our people made her a natural choice for this critical leadership role.”
Letch is a dedicated and active member of the Orange County community and serves as a board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County and the Forum for Corporate Directors, Orange County. In 2012, Letch, a mother of two, was named EY’s Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother magazine, which recognizes employees from the 100 Best Companies who exemplify the leadership, intelligence, passion and adaptability that working moms bring to their work and life.
“EY’s purpose of building a better working world is something I take personally, every day. It’s our responsibility to make a difference and to give back,” said Letch. “I’m looking forward to building on our practice’s strong legacy to help our teams deliver exceptional client service and to fostering a culture where all of our people have the ability to meet both their personal and professional goals.”
Letch received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. A Certified Public Account licensed to practice in California, Letch is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. She is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
About Ernst & Young LLP’s Orange County practice
Ernst & Young LLP has over 425 people in its Orange County office who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the medical device, retail, consumer products, financial services, health, life sciences, manufacturing & distribution, real estate, cleantech and technology industries. The firm celebrates the successes of Orange County entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program, founded in 1986.
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