Grant Thornton’s Davis promoted to lead Denver office

The chief of Grant Thornton’s Wichita office is moving to Denver.

Lori Davis has been named the new office managing partner of the global accounting firm’s Denver office, which at 100 people is twice the size of its Wichita office.

Davis said Thursday that she will remain in charge of the Wichita office until a new office managing partner is appointed here, which could be several months. Dan Meyer, a longtime audit partner in the local office, will assist Davis in overseeing Wichita in the interim.

“I have not been so connected, or felt so connected, to a community like Wichita,” said Davis, who came here nearly nine years ago. “It’s hard to leave.”

Davis, a University of Oklahoma graduate, worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Oklahoma City before joining Grant Thornton. In August 2010, she was named office managing partner, replacing Jarod Allerheiligen, who was promoted to run the firm’s Minneapolis office.

She said the promotion to Denver came at the right time because her husband had received a job offer from Jeppesen, also in the Denver area.

“It’s a much bigger market, and I’ve got lots of ideas to help them continue to grow,” Davis said. “I’m excited, but sad.”

Davis, Grant Thornton’s first female managing partner in Wichita, has been rising in the firm. This year she began a three-year term on the Chicago-based firm’s partnership board, which comprises 10 Grant Thornton partners across the country — from a field of 550 partners in 55 offices in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The board’s duties include advising and evaluating the company’s senior leadership team, including its chief executive.