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Grant Thornton expands Enterprise Technology Strategy and Innovation practice


New leaders bolster firm's CIO advisory services offerings

Grant Thornton LLP grows its Enterprise Technology Strategy and
Innovation (ETSI) Advisory Services business line with the addition of
Ravi Bansal, who joins as a principal and national Commercial Advisory
Services leader for the Enterprise Technology Strategy and the Advanced
Technology Solutions and Analytics practices.

Additionally, Shyam Bhaskar, Rick Garcia and Alan White join as managing
directors. They will help CIOs solve challenges and operate more
effectively through innovative technology – including new approaches in
enterprise strategy, architectural design, technology business
management, and advanced digital solutions in cognitive analytics,
cloud, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and other

"Ravi, Shyam, Rick and Alan boast a combination of proven leadership
skills and tremendous industry acumen – making them ideal additions to
the ETSI practice," said LaVerne H. Council, national managing principal
of Grant Thornton's ETSI practice. "CIOs are facing more challenges than
ever before. Bringing on executives of this caliber further enhances
Grant Thornton's service offerings and the firm's ability to provide
value and solve the CIO function's most complex issues."

Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Bansal is a client-facing business leader
who advises senior executives on advanced digital and emerging
technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience orchestrating
technology, strategy and design to help clients uncover new sources of
growth. He specializes in go-to-market and digital strategy, advanced
technology solutions and transformations, and early identification of
disruptive emerging technologies.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Bansal was a partner at IBM, where he
led digital strategies and solutions. Bansal received a master's of
business administration degree in strategy and finance from the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania.

A trusted advisor based in Bangalore, India, Bhaskar has helped various
clients excel in adding value to their businesses. In his more than 25
years of experience, he successfully led transformation teams in
technology, strategy, innovation, digital solutions and business
functions. Bhaskar has extensive experience in supply chain design and

Bhaskar previously served as chief operating officer of a Diageo
Subsidiary. He received a doctorate in engineering and a master's degree
in business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Based in Chicago, Garcia has more than 25 years of experience building
successful, high growth and profitable businesses across diverse
technical environments. He specializes in enterprise architecture,
innovation-driven DevOps, quick cycle testing of emerging technologies
and IoT implementation. Garcia has extensive experience in IT strategic
planning, cloud computing, data center transformation, and ERP and
shared systems.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Garcia served as a senior practice
leader with firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Cisco Systems Inc.
and Hewlett Packard Inc. He received a master's of business
administration degree and a master's degree in computer science from
Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in computer science from
DeVry University.

Based in Dallas, White has more than 30 years of experience working with
clients through the full solution lifecycle – from strategy to
development and implementation – to expand market share and find new
opportunities for growth. He has led initiatives in digital enablement,
cloud development, cognitive solutions, advanced analytics and
large-scale application integration. White has extensive experience
working with clients to build methodologies to manage enterprise

Previously, White was an associate partner in the Watson Health
Consulting Services practice at IBM. He received a bachelor's degree in
computer science from Denison University.

For additional information on Grant Thornton's Enterprise Technology
Strategy and Innovation services offerings, visit:

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