New CEO takes over at consulting firm Crowe

Mark Bauer
Mark Baer

Mark Baer is the new CEO for Crowe.

The firm, which has a South Bend location, is a public accounting, consulting, and technology firm, with global operations. Baer succeeds Jim Powers, who completed two terms as Crowe CEO, the maximum in accordance with the firm’s partnership agreement, the company said in a statement.

Baer appointed Brenda Torres as the firm’s chief operating officer. Torres previously served as the lead for audit quality and operations in audit and assurance services.

“I feel privileged and proud to serve as CEO and build upon our firm’s remarkable 80-year history,” Baer said. “The leadership team and I are focused on growing and thriving through these extraordinary times.”

Torres will be responsible for overseeing several firmwide administrative groups, including talent solutions; diversity, equity and inclusion; partner affairs; global services; and geographic office leaders.

The Crowe executive team includes:

  • Simon Riley, chief strategy and transformation officer
  • Julie Wood, chief people officer
  • Steve Strammello, chief risk officer
  • Ray Calvey, chief financial officer
  • Chris Mitchell, chief diversity officer
  • Ann Lathrop, marketing and sales leader
  • Rex Voorheis, chief information security officer
  • Steve Keeley, general counsel
  • Justin Bass, chief data science officer

Crowe will also be led by:

  • Nicole Bencik, managing partner, tax
  • Wendy Cama, managing partner, audit and assurance
  • Josh Cole, managing principal, consulting
  • Chad Kellar, managing partner, advisory
  • Tony Klaich, managing partner, markets and industries


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