Dec.10, 2021 - PHILADELPHIA – Drucker & Scaccetti, a CPA and advisory firm based in Philadelphia, PA, and dedicated to providing specialized tax, business, and financial consulting to families and their closely held and entrepreneurially driven businesses, has appointed its next generation of leadership to take the firm beyond its founders, effective January 1, 2022. For the first time in its 31-year history, the firm’s leadership will consist of all non-founding shareholders and, uniquely, an all-women C-suite.
“From our inception in 1990, the goal of the founders has been to offer to our up-and-coming team the same opportunities that we were provided,” states CEO & Co-founder Jane Scaccetti, “which is a purpose of building a legacy and continuing Drucker & Scaccetti into the future. I’m incredibly excited and positive about this next chapter in our firm’s future.”
Knowing Scaccetti’s 7-year term as CEO would conclude at the end of 2021, the firm has been carefully planning for this transition for the past 24-months. Scaccetti explains, “Our firm has grown substantially and experienced incredible change. We sought to create a governance structure that could adapt alongside the change, quickly adjust to the evolving needs of our clients, and ensure our talented people have the tools and knowledge to thrive in a dynamic environment. To meet those needs, the shareholders developed a management committee to oversee day-to-day operations and a board of directors to advise on strategic initiatives and maximize the effectiveness and success for of all of our team members.”
Beginning January 1, 2022, Scaccetti’s role will transition to Firm Ambassador while maintaining her strong civic and community involvement. She will also continue to build the firm’s brand as a powerful force in advising entrepreneurial and wealthy families to grow and sustain their net worth while living their purpose.
The new management committee consists of three business officers responsible for decision making, operations management, and the firm’s strategic performance. They are:
Dottie Leonardi, Chief Business Officer
Dottie Leonardi will serve as the Chief Business Officer (CBO) and take responsibility for day-to-day operations of the firm, ensuring the firm meets its financial and operational objectives. Leonardi is a former client of Drucker & Scaccetti and has been serving as COO since 2013. She has over 25 years’ experience leading professional service firms.
Rosalind Sutch, CPA, MT, Chief Growth Officer
Roz Sutch has been elected as the Chief Growth Officer (CGO) responsible for practice expansion and growth. Sutch started at Drucker & Scaccetti as an undergraduate intern and in 2009 became the youngest shareholder at the firm at that time. She provides business, tax, and financial consulting services to the LGBTQ+ community, professional athletes, artists and entertainers, large corporations and partnerships, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and closely held businesses.
Diane DeCesare, CPA, MT, Chief Knowledge Officer
Responsible for the day-to day tax practice and the effective use of knowledge resources will be Diane DeCesare as the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO). DeCesare joined Drucker & Scaccetti in 1992 and became a shareholder in 1994. She has been practicing in the tax field for nearly 40 years, and has managed recruiting and staff compensation for most of her years at D&S. She developed an extensive background in tax, business, accounting and financial planning for corporations, partnerships, and individuals. DeCesare is also the leader of the Mergers & Acquisitions group for the firm.
A Board of Directors is also being established and the board’s role will be to develop the firm’s strategy and manage accountability for its execution. Leonardi states “the chiefs and board chair have collaborated on the firm’s Executive Committee for a number of years, cooperating to improve the firm. We’re honored to take on these new roles and to serve our great firm in this innovative new structure. These past 17 months taught us the importance of agility and a bias for action. Our unique management framework makes both possible.”
Geoffrey Mesko, CPA, MT, Chair of the Board of Directors
The Board Chair, Geoff Mesko, serves as the liaison between the board and the chief business officers. He will be responsible for overseeing firm vision, strategic planning, external communication, and community interface, while continuing client responsibilities. Mesko joined Drucker & Scaccetti as an intern in 2004 and he became a shareholder in January 2012. Mesko has extensive tax experience in serving private clients and their family enterprises while bringing a strategic business acumen to complement Drucker & Scaccetti’s tax focus. Mesko serves on several educational and civic boards in Philadelphia and Scranton and hails from a multi-generational family business.
“The new leadership team will build upon the legacies of Drucker & Scaccetti caring about the professional integrity of our services, our team members, and the clients we serve in an advisory role. We are very excited about this next chapter of Drucker & Scaccetti’s future and the impactful work we will do together,” said Mesko.
Drucker & Scaccetti (D&S) is a Philadelphia-based tax strategy and consulting firm founded in 1990. D&S has nearly 100 employees providing tax, business, and financial consulting services specifically tailored to their clients’ needs. Follow D&S at www.taxwarriors.com and on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram @taxwarriors.
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