ATLANTA, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PwC US announced that five professionals from its Greater Atlanta market have been admitted into the firm's partnership, effective today. The professionals join more than 100 audit and assurance, tax and consulting partners dedicated to serving the Atlanta market.
Brian Kaplan was admitted as an Advisory principal focusing on clients in the Entertainment, Media, and Communications industry. Since joining PwC in 2001, Kaplan has led transformational initiatives involving strategy, operating model design, technology enablement, process redesign, and performance improvement. Kaplan received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and his master's degree in decision information sciences from the University of Florida.
Munawar Lakdawala was admitted as an Advisory principal. In his role, he will continue to be responsible for leading Digital Solution and Application Strategy & Integration (AS&I) initiatives in the Greater Atlanta market. Lakdawala joined PwC in 2009 and has served a variety of clients across utilities, industrial products, oil and gas and entertainment media and communications, amongst others. Lakdawala is a graduate of the University of Mumbai where he received both his bachelor's degree and his Master of Business Administration.
Gaurang Patel was admitted as an Advisory principal focusing on business and technology transformation. Patel brings 14 years of experience in data center technologies, infrastructure planning and execution, and enterprise level IT transformation, serving clients across a variety of industries including high tech and health industries. Patel received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dave Stainback was admitted as an Advisory principal in the Forensic Services practice where he will continue to lead clients through high stakes crisis situations stemming from complex regulatory investigation, litigation, cybercrime and data breach response, and other urgent risk issues. Stainback joined PwC in 2001 and has spent 13 years serving clients across various industries during both regulatory and internal investigations related to financial and economic crime. Stainback received a Bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).
Erin Weis was admitted as an Assurance partner focused on the Retail and Consumer Products industry. She brings over 13 years of experience assisting multinational public and private companies with complex accounting issues such as leases, impairments, business combinations, IPO-related issues, variable interest entities and stock-based compensation. Weis received her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Purdue University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the states of Georgia, Illinois, and Ohio.
"Each of our five new partners are exemplary leaders and epitomize what it means to be a leader at PwC, and I am thrilled to welcome them into PwC's partnership," said Reggie Walker, managing partner for PwC's Greater Atlanta market. "They have consistently demonstrated their ability to adapt to new challenges, provide distinguished client service, nurture the careers of those around them, and contribute to the success of the firm. I congratulate each of these individuals and know they will provide the leadership necessary to continue to move our firm forward."
The new partner and principals in Atlanta are among 201 professionals newly admitted to the US partnership, representing all PwC service lines. The number includes 82 new partners in audit and assurance, 56 in tax, and 63 in advisory. The new admissions bring PwC's US partnership to approximately 3,100 men and women.
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