Kelly Grier is EY US Chair and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner Emeritus having led more than 81,000 people in 31 countries during her tenure, with annual revenue of $21.2 billion.
She chaired the US Executive Committee and Americas Operating Executive and represented EY in regulatory relationships. Her leadership portfolio included membership on EY’s Global Executive and Global Practice Group. She served as Executive Sponsor for EY’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
During her 30-year tenure at EY, Kelly had extensive experience working around the globe as a client service partner and senior advisor on Fortune 500 Audit and Consulting clients, including senior consulting partner on several of EY’s largest accounts. Previously, she was Vice Chair, Central Regional Managing Partner, where she led 10,000 professionals across 15 states and 17 offices.
Kelly also served as Americas Vice Chair, Talent, where she focused on creating an exceptional experience for all EY people in the Americas, and served on the Global Talent Executive.
Recognized for her work, she was named to the Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business list in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021; 2019 Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York list; and the 2019 and 2020 Most Powerful Women in the Accounting Profession list by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and CPA Practice Advisor magazine. Additionally, she has been recognized as an Anti-Defamation League’s “Woman of Achievement,” as well as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Kelly was also named to the Forbes 2021 CEO Next list of leaders and visionaries.
Outside of EY, Kelly co-chairs the Trilateral Task Force on Global Capitalism in Transition, an international task force on the future of capitalism, and serves on the CEO Action for Racial Equality Governing Committee. Kelly also serves on the boards for CECP, Carnegie Hall, Catalyst, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She has also had affiliations with Partnership for New York City, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), the Council of Foreign Relations, the Ravinia Festival, and the Chicago Network. Kelly received a BA in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College.
How Kelly is building a better working world
“I am honored and humbled to have led an innovative, dynamic and fast-paced organization at an exciting time with an unrelenting focus on helping clients address their toughest challenges and realize their greatest ambitions. At EY, through high-performance teaming and inclusive leadership, we seized the opportunities of our changing world as we asked better questions to fulfill our purpose of building a better working world.”