Crowe announces new leadership team


CHICAGO (April 1, 2015) James “Jim” Powers, the new CEO of Crowe Horwath LLP effective today, has named Joseph P. “Joe” Santucci Jr. as the Crowe chief operating officer and Derek Bang as the firm’s chief strategy and innovation officer. Santucci most recently has been the managing principal of Performance Consulting Services, while Bang has been serving as the Crowe chief innovation officer. Crowe is one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S.

Santucci’s new responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s specialized industry groups, firmwide administrative groups and geographic office leaders. He also serves as president of Crowe Horwath University, the firm’s internal learning arm. Santucci has a bachelor of science in management information systems from the Ohio State University and has been with Crowe since 1987.

Bang is now responsible for assisting the CEO with developing, communicating and executing Crowe strategic initiatives and will retain responsibility for innovation and new solution development. With Crowe since 2005, Bang is a CPA and has a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master of business administration degree from Indiana University.

“Our vision calls for Crowe personnel to develop even deeper specialization in our targeted markets,” said Powers. “Joe and Derek will help lead us in that direction while we continue to focus on the firm’s core purpose of ‘Building Value with Values.’”

For more information on Powers’ vision, including a video, please visit

Crowe has also promoted several partners and expanded their national roles:

  • Mark Baer—managing partner, Audit Services
  • Josh Cole—managing principal, Performance Consulting Services
  • Kevin Hovorka—managing partner, Advisory Services
  • John Kurkowski—managing partner, Private Equity Group Services
  • Bob Lazard—managing partner, Public Sector Services
  • Mark Strawmyer—managing principal, Applied Technology


About Crowe Horwath
Crowe Horwath LLP ( is one of the largest public accounting, consulting, and technology firms in the United States. Under its core purpose of “Building Value with Values®,” Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk and performance services. With offices coast to coast and 3,000 personnel, Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the country's best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe Horwath International, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world. The network consists of more than 200 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 120 countries around the world.


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