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Grant Thornton set for next chapter of growth as Stephen Tennant appointed CEO

Grant Thornton Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Tennant as CEO as the firm continues on its ambitious path of growth. Stephen joined the firm in 2009, before making partner in 2012 and establishing the Financial Services Advisory (FSA) practice in 2017. He succeeds Michael McAteer, and brings with him a wealth of experience across industries and sectors.

Grant Thornton has achieved remarkable growth in recent years through its innovative and grounded approach to the changing needs of businesses. The firm will reach €300m in turnover this year and has grown its headcount to 3,000 people.

Speaking of his recent appointment, Stephen Tennant said,

‘I am delighted to be taking on the role of CEO at a time when the Irish market is showing increased optimism and resilience despite global economic uncertainty. This next chapter in the firm’s history presents an opportunity to build on our incredible success to date and to cement our position in the market. Our international growth demonstrates our drive for excellence and bringing it to new industries will be our focus as we build the reputation of our firm’. 

Stephen will begin his term on January 1st 2024.

Grant Thornton Chair, Sinead Donovan, in welcoming him to the role, said,

‘Stephen has been instrumental in the growth of the firm in recent years and this will be an exciting time in the next phase of growth, driven by his experience in delivering for clients and supporting the growth of teams across the firm’. 

Stephen is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK (FCCA UK) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (BA) in Business Studies from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  

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