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Marleen Mannekens is named partner at Grant Thornton

Mannekens will become Quality & Risk Control Partner and will advise the multidisciplinary team on complex (international) cases and specific technical questions.

Berchem, Brussels, Ghent, Tournai, Turnhout and Jumet - 14 June 2021 - Marleen Mannekens has become the 23rd partner at Grant Thornton Belgium. As Quality & Risk Control Partner, she will fulfil an important quality function within the organisation. As an Audit Partner she is also available to colleagues for internal consultations and for technical or complex questions (both audit-related and Belgian GAAP and IFRS).

Marleen Mannekens left EY in 2020 after an already distinguished career. Grant Thornton was able to convince her to come and strengthen the firm with her expertise and experience. This audit, accountancy and advisory organisation is known for its personal involvement and international coverage, two aspects Mannekens has a particular liking for. From her earlier years, Mannekens still has international contacts within the Grant Thornton network, which definitely contributes to her quick integration.

A lot of experience and a well-filled job

Marleen Mannekens will take on the role of Quality & Risk Control Partner for 65% of her time. Given the recent evolutions in the profession, risk management and quality management are becoming increasingly important. This fits in with Grant Thornton's strategy.

In addition, part of her time is reserved for providing technical support to the 200 colleagues. After all, Mannekens has extensive expertise in the field of IFRS, legal and auditing assignments, and international cases.

Ria Verheyen, Managing Partner Grant Thornton Belgium, adds: "Marleen Mannekens is no stranger to our organisation and many of our colleagues. With her extensive expertise and experience, she is the right person to help shape and realise our strategic objectives."

Further expansion of the Grant Thornton office in Ghent

Mannekens will also help to further expand the Ghent office. After all, this location is currently primarily an audit firm, while Grant Thornton also offers services in the area of accountancy, tax, legal and advisory in the broadest sense. The full-service business advisor is therefore looking for an external accountancy and tax and legal consultancy firm to strengthen the Grant Thornton team there.

Additional mandates

Marleen Mannekens is also a member of various technical committees at the IBR (Institute of Registered Auditors) and of the governing body of the ICCI (Information Centre for the Auditing profession). She also teaches at the Karel de Grote Hogeschool Antwerp and is a guest lecturer at the University of Ghent.

Marleen Mannekens (56) started her career as a Commercial Engineer at Solvay Business School, with an additional Master's degree in ‘Maîtrise en Gestion Fiscale’ (tax management) at Solvay ULB.

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