Plante Moran, a Top 20 Firm based in Southfield, Michigan, has elected Jason Drake as its next managing partner, only the eighth managing partner in the firm’s 100-year history.
In his new role, which takes effect next July, he will lead one of the nation’s largest audit, tax, consulting and wealth management firms. Drake succeeds Jim Proppe, who has held the position for the last seven years.
“I’m honored that the firm has entrusted me with this important role,” said Drake in a statement. “As Plante Moran celebrates 100 years in business, it’s clear to me that we’ve achieved this milestone by staying true to our values, principles and “We Care” culture. I’m where I am today because of the investments people made in me, and that’s why, throughout my career, I’ve done my best to invest in others. Going forward, that won’t change. My plan for the future is to continue to be a good steward of the firm –– because that’s how we’ll thrive for another 100+ years.”
Drake has spent his entire professional career at Plante Moran since working there as an intern in 1999. In his nearly 25 years there, he has concentrated on audit, consulting and building and expanding Plante Moran’s international offices and practice, which he led for six years. In 2021 he joined the firm’s management team as group managing partner of offices for Chicagoland, Drake graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has been recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2015 as a “40 Under 40” recipient for helping the firm increase international business revenue by 400%.
“There are a variety of reasons why the partnership selected Jason as managing partner—from his vision for the future, experience in multiple service lines and international experience, to his deep relationships and connections with firms and colleagues around the world,” said Proppe in a statement. “Jason is an inspiring colleague, an outstanding mentor and we know he’ll continue to do great things for the firm.”
During Proppe’s term as managing partner, he has led the firm’s growth by expanding its geographic footprint, increasing capabilities and service offerings and helping the firm compete in a digital world. He also led a 2018 merger with Colorado’s EKS&H, which propelled Plante Moran’s expansion of staff and clients in the Rocky Mountain region and helped the firm reach the billion-dollar revenue mark earlier this year.
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