Warth & Klein Grant Thornton announces change of leadership

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Dusseldorf, 06 May 2019

  • New leadership structure supports growth strategy
  • Joachim Riese joins the Board of Directors
  • Michael Häger becomes Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

With the expiry of the contracts of the current Executive Board on 30 September 2019, the auditing firm Warth & Klein Grant Thornton restructures its Executive Board as planned.

The early announcement of the leadership change in autumn serves to timely inform customers, employees, and the economic environment about the changes.

As Chairman of the Executive Board, Michael Häger (58) will then primarily be responsible for strategic company development and finances, while consistently pursuing the successful corporate strategy.

Häger worked for Warth & Klein Grant Thornton since 1987 and has been a member of the Executive Board for nine years. He supersedes Joachim Riese (66), who will retire by the end of the year after 41 years of service to the company and join the Board of Directors at Warth & Klein Grant Thornton.

Future-oriented leadership structure supports growth strategy

The new, future-oriented leadership structure mirrors the firm’s growth strategy within the Executive Board and Divisional Management. While functional accountability defines positions on the Executive Board, Divisional Management roles have the task of developing operational activities.

This arrangement also addresses the new size of the firm with 10 locations and 1,300 employees.

The arrival of Prof Dr Gernot Hebestreit (56) on 15 May 2019, marked the return of a former Warth & Klein Grant Thornton partner to his old domain in Dusseldorf after having worked in the Global Leadership Team of Grant Thornton International in London for many years (2010 to 2017). As of 1 October 2019, he will be responsible for the Clients & Markets division and will also take over coordination between the divisions.

Dr Frank Hülsberg (53) has been working for Warth & Klein Grant Thornton since 2014.

As of 1 October 2019, he will manage Governance, Risk, Compliance & Technology as well as the new Managing Department Technology, to place particular emphasis on the company’s ambition to also become a leading provider technologically.

Heidemarie Wagner (61) has been a member of the Executive Board at Warth & Klein Grant Thornton since 1 March 2019 following the successful merger with Trinavis. She advises national as well as international real estate businesses on tax law and is also responsible for integration. The smooth unification of both existing and new partners is vital for the sustainable success of the firm since its growth strategy stipulates organic growth but also further mergers and cooperations.

Prof Dr Heike Wieland-Blöse (49) has been working for Warth & Klein Grant Thornton since 1995. For the past nine years, she has been combining her role as a member of the Executive Board with casework in the area of ​​company valuation and economic/dispute advisory. As Head of Human Resources, she is responsible for the growing importance of recruiting and retaining employees.

Prof Dr Martin Jonas and Prof Dr Thomas Senger will retire from the Executive Board as planned to devote more time than ever to the demands of the growing and challenging casework of their divisions.

Prof Dr Senger will concentrate on the Divisional Management of ​​Audit & Assurance.

Like Joachim Riese, Prof Dr Jonas will become a member of the Board of Directors at Warth & Klein Grant Thornton for the financial year 2019/2020.

About Warth & Klein Grant Thornton
Warth & Klein Grant Thornton is positioned among the ten largest German auditing companies. Approximately 1,300 employees across ten locations in Germany represent the now larger SME, alongside notable companies on the stock exchange. The traditional specialisations of the company consist of auditing and assurance, tax consultancy, legal advice in addition to private as well as corporate finance and advisory services. The company, acting within the worldwide Grant Thornton network, provides consulting services in more than 700 locations across 135 countries with around 53,000 employees.

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