Grant Thornton has named John Gilkes as the group’s forensic advisory services principal at the group’s Arlington, Virginia office.
Gilkes will provide the firm with over 30 years’ experience in a bid to expand the group’s forensic service offerings to both commercial and public sector clients.
He will be tasked with supporting companies against rising cases of fraud, with a report from the firm finding 71% of firms to expect fraud levels within their organizations to increase over the next year.
Greg Wallig, office managing principal in Arlington at the firm, said: “John will be an immediate asset for our clients and a powerful leader for our anti-fraud service offerings.
“As fraud continues to rise in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, his decades of experience will offer public and private clients the strong, reliable guidance they need during these unprecedented times.”
Commencing his career at Deloitte in London, Gilkes then transferred to the group’s US arm, where he spent almost 14 years as a principal.
Following his time at the Big Four firm, Gilkes joined the expert advisory group of the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative
He said that he is “looking forward to continuing to deliver the quality service and forensic insights” to its clients that they deserve.