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Carlos A. Otal to lead Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector

Grant Thornton LLP named Carlos A. Otal managing partner of its Global Public Sector (GPS).

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Currently, Otal serves as managing partner for Grant Thornton’s GPS Financial Management Advisory and Audit Services, where he has led the growth of the firm’s financial management consulting and assurance offerings to federal, state, local and international governments. Otal succeeds Srikant K. Sastry, who became the national managing principal of Grant Thornton’s Advisory Services earlier this year. In his new role, Otal will serve on the firm’s National Leadership Team.

“Carlos’ outstanding leadership skills combined with his commitment to quality service and unmatched ability to solve today’s toughest fiscal challenges for the firm’s clients give him an excellent foundation to head our industry-leading GPS practice,” said Sastry. “He will be integral to expanding the services that will help our clients enhance their performance, leading our talented group of GPS professionals and building upon the success of this rapidly growing practice.”

Otal has nearly 25 years of experience spanning the full range of management improvement services — from internal and financial statement auditing to organizational and process improvement to the assessment and implementation of enterprise systems. This includes program management, strategy, acquisition and business model development for clients installing enterprise solutions, implementing large-scale commercial off-the-shelf software, or migrating to a shared service provider. Since joining Grant Thornton in 2005, he has led a successful array of financial management and systems engagements for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Energy and Defense, as well as the U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the state of California.

Otal is a leader in the development and execution of the annual Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Federal Financial Systems Summit and was a principal contributor to AGA’s Research Report No. 31: Government-wide Financial Reporting. The report documented progress made in federal financial management and reporting, and made substantive recommendations for compiling the federal government’s audited financial statements.

Prior to joining the firm, Otal was a senior industry executive with Oracle Corporation’s (formerly PeopleSoft Inc.’s) Public Sector group, focusing on the promotion and advancement of enterprise application solutions for the federal government. Previously, he was an associate partner and senior manager with IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, respectively.

A certified public accountant, Otal earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a certificate in project management from The George Washington University. He is a member of the AGA, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

About Grant Thornton LLP’s Global Public Sector

Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector helps executives and managers at all levels of government maximize their performance and efficiency in the face of ever tightening budgets and increased demand for services. Its public sector practice gives clients creative, cost-effective solutions that enhance their acquisition, financial, human capital, information technology, and performance management. Grant Thornton’s commitment to public sector success is burnished by a widely recognized body of thought leadership analyzing and recommending solutions to government’s greatest challenges. Based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with offices in Alexandria, Va., Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and Sacramento, Calif., Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector serves federal, state, local and international governments. For more information, visit grantthornton.com/publicsector.

About Grant Thornton LLP

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. In the United States, Grant Thornton has revenue in excess of $1.3 billion and operates 57 offices with more than 500 partners and 6,000 employees. Grant Thornton works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations.

“Grant Thornton” refers to Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions. Please see grantthornton.com for further details.

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