GHJ’s Mari-Anne Kehler Winner of the 2018 CMO Club Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 19, 2018… GHJ (GHJ) is proud to announce that its Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Mari-Anne Kehler has been named a winner of “The CMO Transformation Award” at the 2018 CMO Club Awards. The CMO Transformation Award recognizes demonstrated ability to lead companywide brand transformation beyond the marketing department.

“GHJ is proud to have a world-class leader such as Mari-Anne on our team, and I am thrilled that she is being recognized for her transformative work at our Firm by The CMO Club,” GHJ’s Managing Partner Tom Barry said. “Mari-Anne’s innovation and contributions have helped transform our Firm’s culture and overall growth strategy and upgraded our marketplace impact significantly.”

Established by The CMO Club to acknowledge and celebrate the marketing industry’s brightest marketing executives and provide a forum where CMO stand-outs can share their road to success with marketing peers, the 2018 CMO Awards is the only CMO awards program where marketing executives are thoughtfully considered, nominated and voted on solely by an elite group of peer marketers, including The CMO Club board, chapter presidents and key members.

This year, Mari-Anne is being recognized for the CMO Transformation Award along with Kevin Doohan (EVP, CMO, Xperi Corporation), Rick Gomez (EVP, CMO, Target) and Jeanniey Mullen (Global CMO, Mercer).

“I am honored to be recognized with such an elite group of fellow CMOs,” Mari-Anne said. “Throughout my career, and especially during my time at GHJ, I have always strived to make an impact. It is a real pleasure to be recognized for those efforts, especially by peers and an impressive organization like The CMO Club led by Pete Kralik.”

Mari-Anne has over 30 years of experience and leads the GHJ’s strategy, business development and marketing initiatives, and recently it was announced that Mari-Anne will become a partner at the firm at the beginning of 2019. In her role at the Firm, Mari-Anne engages leadership to institute changes that improve both revenues and make the Firm a well-known presence in the marketplace. Mari-Anne has been instrumental in key initiatives that have transcended and transformed GHJ’ company culture and have had lasting impact far beyond just the marketing department and marketing strategy. Her efforts and influence have transformed the Firm’s vision, re-engineered its brand, created and publicized a culture focused on more than just work and redefined how the Firm approaches client service. It is through her guidance and insight that GHJ has become not only a better place to work but also a powerhouse in the market.

The 2018 CMO Award winners and the 2018 CMO Hall of Fame Inductee will be celebrated during the 2018 CMO Awards Roundtable and Dinner on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Current at Chelsea Piers, New York City.

About Mari-Anne Kehler

Mari-Anne Kehler leads the Firm’s strategy, business development and marketing. She has over 30 years of experience as a high-impact leader who successfully expands business through action by using core skills of strategy development, program execution, measurement and innovation. She has an integrated client-centric and industry approach with experience in professional services, finance, consumer business, entertainment and media. Prior to joining GHJ, Mari-Anne held sales, marketing and business development leadership roles at top organizations. She served as a national marketing leader for Deloitte Services LP where she held a number of positions on the Marketing and Business Development leadership team, including heading up National Tax marketing, and marketing/business development of the Pacific Southwest region. She was a highly rated trainer of senior-level talent at the globally renowned Deloitte University. Mari-Anne has been active in the community in the areas of disability awareness and fundraising and in mentoring families and professionals for almost two decades. In addition to serving on numerous nonprofit boards she is also a speaker at universities and conferences on the topic of disabilities: awareness, transition to adulthood and the impact on families. Mari-Anne has been a featured speaker at conferences on topics such as professional services growth, social media and marketing strategy.

About GHJ

Founded in 1953, GHJ is a Los Angeles-based accounting firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Employee Champion For Life Work Harmony Award and named a “Best Places to Work” by the Los Angeles Business Journal eight times since 2008, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

The firm works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth. Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, the firm has 12 partners and approximately 150 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. The firm is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).