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Stephen Chipman Calling it a Career at Grant Thornton

Stephen Chipman, erstwhile CEO of Grant Thornton, blogger, romantic, inexperienced Chicagoan, incredibly unprepared Chicagoan, note writer, dynamic perpetual optimist etc. etc. is hanging it up after 34 years at the Purple Rose of Chicago:  

Grant Thornton LLP announced that Stephen Chipman, senior vice chairman of Grant Thornton LLP, has elected to retire early from the firm in order to pursue new opportunities in line with his professional ambitions, effective October 31, 2015.

“Stephen has demonstrated incredible stewardship, leadership and friendship during his tenure,” said J. Michael McGuire, Grant Thornton’s chief executive officer. “He has taken our firm to new heights during some of the most challenging times in the history of our profession and economy. He consistently has lived our values and leaves us with a stronger foundation that allows us to better serve our clients and positions our firm for long-term success.”

If this stings a little bit, rest assured, St. Stephen will not be far away:

Chipman will act as a consultant to the firm and has agreed to continue to represent the firm on the boards of key Chicago organizations, including Ravinia, World Business Chicago, and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He will also remain an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

“After 34 years of serving in various roles across our global network, I’m honored by the opportunities that our organization has afforded me,” said Chipman. “I’m privileged to have worked with exceptional professionals around the globe. The people of Grant Thornton will always hold a special place in my heart. While this was not an easy decision by any means, I’m excited to be starting a new phase of my professional journey.”

There's a touch of emotion in that statement; impressive for an Englishman. We wish him well.