Rodgers Gets National Post With Deloitte

December 27, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — Mary Ellen Rodgers, managing partner of Deloitte’s Grand Rapids office, has been appointed to a key national role related to Deloitte’s U.S. operations. 

According to a news release, effective Jan. 1, Rodgers will serve as U.S. managing partner of field operations for the Deloitte U.S. Firms, a position overseeing activities related to real estate, field operations, firm security, call centers and other administrative functions.

She will lead a team of more than 3,500 Deloitte employees nationwide, and she will join Deloitte’s U.S. operating committee, a key governing body directing strategy for the Deloitte U.S. Firms. A search is under way to determine her successor as managing partner of Deloitte’s Grand Rapids office. She will continue to be based in Grand Rapids and be active in the Grand Rapids market and community. 

“Mary Ellen is a high-performance leader with a proven ability to lead people and teams to higher levels of success,” said Tom Dekar, vice chairman and regional managing principal, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. “This new role is a wonderful next step in her career trajectory with increased authority and scope of responsibilities.”

During her seven years as managing partner in Grand Rapids, Rodgers has helped the office triple its revenues in addition to expanding Deloitte’s presence in new industries, including life sciences and consumer products. She has also been serving as Deloitte’s partner in charge of audit and enterprise risk services for Michigan, leading a group of nearly 500 client-service professionals located throughout the state.

Additionally, Rodgers is a former national director of Deloitte’s Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women.  

“I am, of course, very excited to take on a role that contributes to the strategic direction of our U.S. firms, but I am even more excited that I am able to perform this role in Grand Rapids and continue to be part of the dynamic changes in West Michigan,” said Rodgers. “We have built a lot of momentum in this marketplace, and it’s important to me and my family to stay in a community that we love.”

Rodgers has been chairperson of the boards of directors of Heart of West Michigan United Way (2005-2007), Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (2007-2009) and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids (2008-2010). She will be the first woman chairperson in the more than 100-year history of the local YMCA chapter.

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