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Grant Thornton hires Brien Desilets to lead Infrastructure Advisory practice


Grant Thornton LLP has hired Brien Desilets to lead the firm's
Infrastructure Advisory practice in the United States. In this role, he
will collaborate across Grant Thornton's federal and state and local
Public Sector and commercial Advisory Services businesses to deliver
infrastructure strategy, planning, and financial modeling and analysis
solutions to both public- and private-sector clients.

Desilets has more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure finance
and management. Most recently, he was managing director of Claret
Consulting, a consulting and financial services firm he founded in 2011.
Before Claret, Desilets was a senior managing consultant for Public
Financial Management Inc., where he advised dozens of U.S. state and
local governments on their public-private partnership—or P3—projects,
programs and policies.

"Brien is a champion of applying the technology revolution to
infrastructure through autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and other
forward-thinking approaches," said Scott King, national managing
principal of Grant Thornton's State and Local Public Sector practice.
"He's worked with a broad network of firms and consultants on projects
internationally, but he's also an active participant in the
transformation of his own community of Tysons Corner, Virginia. His
addition will help us bring more innovation to the infrastructure
advisory services we provide to public- and private-sector clients
across a range of industries."

Previously, Desilets spent nearly five years as an independent
consultant. At the Institute for Public Private Partnerships, he led
sector assessments, feasibility studies and training programs in Eastern
Europe, the Middle East and Africa; for Radian Guaranty and Elliott
Management Corporation, he provided early analysis of subprime mortgage
defaults. He assessed the feasibility of a National Acquisition Fund for
affordable housing developers for the Fannie Mae Foundation. Early in
his career, he advised client engineering firms on the pursuit of World
Bank contracts and related policies and procedures.

Desilets helped pioneer research on incorporating environmental criteria
into financial institution lending decisions in the 1990s. He
co-authored a World Bank publication on intergovernmental fiscal
relations in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s and was the lead author
of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration's Guidebook on Financing of
Highway Public-Private Partnership Projects. In 2015, he founded the
Silk Road Working Group, which has since organized three conferences
focused on delivering infrastructure investment and economic integration
throughout Eurasia.

Desilets received a master's degree in economics from the University of
Barcelona and a bachelor's degree in international affairs and economics
from The George Washington University.

About Grant Thornton Public Sector

Thornton Public Sector
helps executives and managers at all levels
of government maximize their performance and efficiency in the face of
ever-tightening budgets and increased demand for services. Grant
Thornton Public Sector gives clients creative, cost-effective solutions
that enhance their acquisition, financial, human capital, information
technology, data analytics and performance management.

About Grant Thornton LLP

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant
Thornton LLP
(Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant
Thornton International Ltd, one of the world's leading organizations of
independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton, which has
revenues in excess of $1.7 billion and operates 59 offices, works with a
broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government
agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations.

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of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms
are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member
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