Mike McGuire, an executive with Grant Thornton LLP in Charlotte for 11 years, on Tuesday was named the company’s national managing partner of operations – a role equivalent to chief operating officer at one of the world’s largest accounting firms.
In his new position, McGuire will chair Grant Thornton’s Operating Committee, where he will oversee day-to-day operations for the firm’s 54 U.S. offices. The promotion takes effect Aug. 1.
Grant Thornton’s U.S. headquarters are in Chicago, but McGuire intends to remain in Charlotte, where he has been active in the community. He currently serves on the boards of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
McGuire, 54, said he will focus his efforts in three critical areas: driving organic growth as a firm, expanding the talent base of Grant Thornton employees and improving profitability.
“At Grant Thornton, we want to focus on fewer things and do them better than anyone else,” McGuire told the Observer. “I’m looking forward to executing that strategy.”
McGuire has worked in accounting for 31 years, previously serving as a partner in Arthur Andersen’s Carolinas practice. After Arthur Andersen’s collapse, McGuire served as managing partner of Grant Thornton’s Carolinas practice and as national managing partner of Markets, Industry, People & Culture – the position he currently holds.
“I’ve always said that whatever I have achieved, is really only a success of all the people that I have worked with,” McGuire said. “I haven’t accomplished anything on my own – it’s the collaborative effort of a lot of very good hardworking, committed and successful people.”
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