Rehmann appoints new COO

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Stephen Blann. Courtesy Rehmann

A financial services firm chose the successor for its current COO, who is moving into the role of CEO in January.

Troy-based Rehmann — which has several West Michigan offices — said Wednesday, June 1, it appointed Stephen Blann as COO, effective Jan. 1, 2023. He will succeed current COO Stacie Kwaiser, who recently was named the firm’s next CEO, also effective Jan. 1.

“Stephen brings to this position extensive experience, an unwavering commitment to serving clients, and a longtime dedication to the firm and its continued growth,” said Randy Rupp, current CEO of Rehmann. “This makes him an ideal choice to succeed Stacie when she assumes my position next year.”

Blann began his career at Rehmann in 1995 and has held various leadership roles in Rehmann’s assurance and solutions departments, as well as serving on the firm’s board of directors. During his tenure, he has focused his client-facing efforts on the public sector, serving as an auditor, consultant and contracted CFO for a wide array of government and nonprofit entities. He also is a speaker and trainer for various professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association.

“At Rehmann, we take our commitment to putting people first very seriously,” Blann said. “Our associates are given the latitude to experiment, innovate and achieve success in new ways. I look forward to building on Rehmann’s entrepreneurial spirit and am excited to support the firm and Stacie as we work together to accelerate the goals of our clients and associates.”

As COO, Blann will oversee Rehmann’s service line departments, information technology, finance, and innovation and change management functions.

“I am excited to have Stephen bring his many years of success to the COO role and build on Rehmann’s legacy,” Kwaiser said. “With his passion for innovation and high performance, Stephen will help Rehmann continue to lead the charge of a new class of advisory firms — one that continues to adapt to a constantly evolving market.”

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