Grant Thornton LLP's Jacqueline Akerblom named National Managing Partner of Women's Initiatives and Programs
SAN JOSE, CALIF., October 17, 2007 - Grant Thornton LLP
has named Jacqueline Akerblom
the national managing partner of Women's Initiatives and Programs.Akerblom, an assurance partner and the international business center director for Northern California, will now dedicate fifty percent of her time to leading the women's programs throughout Grant Thornton's 50 national offices.
Recently recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
will drive the firm's efforts as its commitment to women's initiatives and programs continues to be a top priority.Akerblom
will lead the Women @ Grant Thornton initiative, whose mission is to enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the firm.Since 2004, the number of the women partners at Grant Thornton
has increased by 138 percent."Jacqueline is most deserving of this post," said Jeff Pera, managing partner for Grant Thornton in the Greater Bay Area.
is one of the founding members of the Women @ Grant Thornton National Steering Committee
.The committee's success played a key role in Grant Thornton being named to Working Mother magazine's Working Mother 100 Best Company
list for 2006 and 2007.Outside of Grant Thornton, Akerblom is an eight-year member of the National Board of Directors of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives, the pre-eminent women's professional organization in the Silicon Valley where women come together to accelerate each other's success.
"We understand that women are looking for certain factors - different from their male counterparts - with regard to their careers," said Akerblom
."At Grant Thornton
, we want to respond to these needs and avoid a one-size-fits-all mentality.We want the unique voice of our women's perspective to be heard throughout all aspects of our firm.I feel strongly that by responding to the needs of women professionals, the Women @ Grant Thornton initiative has the potential to make a significant impact on the careers of women in our firm, both now and in the future."Akerblom
has nearly 25 years of accounting industry experience.As a partner at Grant Thornton LLP, Akerblom has served as co-leader of Grant Thornton's Greater Bay Area Technology Practice and national managing partner for international client services, as well as served on the Board of Governors of Grant Thornton International.She currently serves as the lead engagement partner on some of the firm's largest technology clients.