EY Announces New Leadership Promotions in Salt Lake City

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Chris Okawa and Mark Peterson named partners.

Chris and Mark have dedicated their careers to delivering exceptional client service, to the pursuit of quality and technical excellence, and to living the EY purpose of building a better working world.

Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotions of Chris Okawa and Mark Peterson to partner in its Salt Lake City office.

“I could not be more excited to announce the promotion of two new partners in Salt Lake City,” said Shawn Goff, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP and the EY Salt Lake City Office Managing Partner. “Chris and Mark have dedicated their careers to delivering exceptional client service, to the pursuit of quality and technical excellence, and to living the EY purpose of building a better working world. We applaud them on this impressive and well-deserved career milestone.”

Goff added that promotions to the partner rank involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. “The promoted professionals exemplify the EY commitment to being a purpose-driven organization, building a better working world and leading a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can achieve their full potential,” said Goff.

Chris Okawa was promoted to partner from senior manager. As part of the EY Assurance practice, Okawa has spent the majority of his 13-year career serving many of Utah’s high-growth companies across the technology, airline, healthcare and manufacturing industries. He is a trusted advisor to Utah’s leading innovative and entrepreneurial businesses and has deep experience working on numerous transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, debt offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to his business leadership, Okawa is equally committed to being a leader in his community, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake City chapter of Junior Achievement. Okawa received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and his Master of Accountancy degree from Brigham Young University. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed to practice in Utah, and is a member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Mark Peterson was promoted to partner from executive director. Peterson joined the EY Assurance practice in 1998 and has worked with a number of Utah’s most prominent companies in diverse industries. He has extensive experience with initial public offerings, secondary offerings, mergers and acquisitions, revenue recognition and accounting for other complex transactions. Peterson also recently served as an adjunct part-time accounting instructor at the University of Utah, where he received his MBA, and Weber State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed to practice in Utah, and is a member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Peterson is also active in the community—he supports the National Ability Center and mentors students and volunteers at the University of Utah and Weber State University.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Salt Lake City practice
Ernst & Young LLP is a professional services leader in Utah, with more than 150 professionals providing audit services to entrepreneurs, innovators and 75% of Utah’s leading “unicorn” companies, and assisting high-growth companies as they prepare for and execute successful initial public offerings. Over the past 10 years, we have helped our clients with more IPOs than any other firm in Utah.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

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