People: Jennifer Lehman was appointed CEO of Hantzmon Wiebel (Charlottesville, Va.) where she was COO for 10 years … Kathleen L. Casey, Jeffrey L. Esser, and David C. Villa have been appointed to the board of trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), parent of FASB and GASB … Columbus, Ohio-based GBQ named Joe Borowski a partner; he’s a director in the firm’s Valuation & Financial Opinion Services area, including ESOP advisory … Edward Mendlowitz, a partner in the New Brunswick, N.J., office of WithumSmith+Brown PC, has been elected to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame and awarded the Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils … Daniel Frigell will lead the Nordic valuation practice of Alvarez & Marsal; he’s the former head of valuation services for KPMG Sweden … The newest shareholder at Clark Schaefer Hackett is Scott McRill, based out of the firm’s Cleveland office … Tomas Freyman has joined Grant Thornton’s valuations services group in London as a partner; he was formerly with BDO, EY, and PwC.
Firms: RSM International has launched RSM Canada, with 37 partners and nearly 300 professionals in Toronto with plans to expand to other key markets across the country … Strothman and Co. has merged with Ecken & Smith PSC; the combined firm will have about 70 employees in three offices—downtown Louisville, Ky.; Southern Indiana; and Middletown, Ky. … In Florida, CPA and consulting firm James Moore & Co. has acquired Cohen Smith & Co.; the combined firm has offices in Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and DeLand … The Eide Bailly Alliance, a member-based association of noncompeting CPA firms, added two new member firms: Lee Suess LLC (Williston, N.D.) and Wendling Noe Nelson & Johnson LLC (Topeka, Kan.) … California-based Armanino LLP received the IPA Best of the Best “Pyramid Award” from INSIDE Public Accounting … Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC has a new office location in Mississippi on West Parkway Place in Ridgeland … BDO South Africa will take over the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth offices of Grant Thornton as of March 1, 2018 … Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the accounting firms Shein Cohen Palmer & Co. and Howard L. Page & Co., both of Avon, Conn., will merge under the new name Palmer Latko Ledas Page; the combined firm will have 18 employees led by eight principals.
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