EY’s Drew Cawthorne and Karen Stansfield Named “Rising Stars” by Consulting Magazine

New York, 14 March 2017

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For the second consecutive year, Consulting Magazine recognized two EY professionals as “Rising Stars of the Profession.” The prestigious list recognizes consultants under the age of 35 who find new and innovative ways to serve their clients and improve their organizations. Drew Cawthorne and Karen Stansfield are this year’s EY honorees.

“Individuals like Drew and Karen personify the drive, insight and innovative thinking that clients and the industry regularly attribute to EY,” said Bob Patton, EY Americas Advisory Vice Chair. “Our people do so much every day – in ways both large and small – to help enable a better working world by improving the businesses we work with and we couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.”

A new promoted principal, Cawthorne joined the Charlotte Financial Services Office (FSO) of Ernst & Young LLP a few years before the financial crisis hit, and had to learn in an environment of unprecedented challenges. As clients faced a difficult economy and increased regulatory pressure, the firm tapped Cawthorne to lead several high profile projects, involving “too big to fail” regulatory-compliance mandates for top bank-holding companies.

In his current role, Cawthorne serves the banking and capital markets sector, executing strategic financial risk management and regulatory transformation initiatives for Global Systemically Important (G-SIBs) and regional banks.

“When the stakes are at their highest, Drew is at his best,” said Amy Brachio, EY Global & Americas Advisory Risk Leader. “Clients trust him implicitly, and he leads his teams with a steady hand to solve the most complex problems and deliver stellar results.”

Hank Prybylski, EY Americas Advisory Performance Leader, praised Stansfield, a senior manager with Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP, and described her career path as truly remarkable. “The world of supply chains is as much about the interplay of personalities as it is about the movement of goods and services,” Prybylski continued. “Supply chain is a Rubik’s Cube – and Karen is a master.”

Stansfield started her career as a manager on the floor of an automotive plant. As one of the few women in sight, she mastered the nuances and intricacies of production and distribution.

Stansfield moved on to command an idiosyncratic subset of EY supply chain services: procurement of legal services. In this capacity, she helps her clients better take advantage of globalization, build in exponential flexibility and improve performance while reducing costs.

In recognition of her abilities, EY charged Stansfield with co-developing the EY Global Procurement training program. In this capacity, Stansfield can share her valuable perspectives and insights with the next generation of rising stars.

To view the full list of this year’s winners, please visit here.

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