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Kathleen Sifer joins Grant Thornton to lead federal financial regulatory work

Monday, March 6, 2017 11:21 am CST


"Her background and leadership will enhance our capabilities for clients preparing for changes to the regulatory environment under the new administration."

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kathleen Sifer has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a managing director, responsible for leading its Public Sector federal financial regulatory practice. Based in the firm’s Alexandria office, she will lead quality delivery and business development efforts for financial regulatory clients.

Sifer has deep leadership and management experience at global public and private sector organizations. Most recently she was a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led the firm’s strategic positioning on Dodd-Frank legislation and its attendant impact on regulatory agencies and financial institutions. She also led numerous enterprise-wide business transformations, strategic planning, shared service and process improvements, and change management initiatives for bank regulators and global financial institutions.

“Kathleen brings to Grant Thornton deep experience in navigating the complex regulatory requirements of the financial services industry,” said Carlos Otal, national managing partner of Grant Thornton Public Sector. “Her background and leadership will enhance our capabilities for clients preparing for changes to the regulatory environment under the new administration.”

Before joining Booz Allen, Sifer spent three years in the Peace Corps, where she served as country director for Ecuador, Bolivia and the Republic of Georgia. She held progressively senior leadership roles managing the delivery of corporate and commercial banking services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and government and multilateral agencies during her 10-year career at Bank of America. During her time at Bank of America, she served as Global Treasury Services executive for the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. She began her career at Mellon Bank, where she ultimately served as group head and first vice president of global financial institutions and trade banking following regional and country manager positions in Latin America.

Sifer received a master’s degree in business administration from the American Graduate School of International Management and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University. She holds a Change Management Advanced Practitioner Certification from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and completed the Strategic Marketing Management Program at Harvard Business School. She is also Six Sigma certified.

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