EY, Global Vice Chair—Strategic Growth Markets
Maria Pinelli runs the Strategic Markets Group at Ernst & Young. Before that, she was the Americas Strategic Growth Markets Leader for Ernst & Young. In this role, she is responsible for a practice that guides the best high-growth companies to market leadership worldwide, propelling Ernst & Young into the undisputed leader advising Russell 2000® companies, IPO-bound companies, and Forbes’ largest private enterprises.
With more than 20 years of experience, Maria has in-depth knowledge of the needs and issues of companies experiencing rapid growth. She has an extensive background providing audit and advisory services to both private and public companies. Throughout her career, she has supported clients with acquisitions, due diligence, financing and IPOs. Maria has also acquired significant knowledge of the global capital markets, having led over 20 IPOs in Canada, London, China and the US.
In her current leadership role, Maria has briefed staff members of the House Financial Services Committee, the Senate Banking Committee and the PCAOB on the trends that are driving global activity in the IPO market. She has also testified before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee about IPOs.
Additionally, Maria frequently speaks with the media on the unique world of high-growth companies and on the impact and challenges of women entrepreneurs. Maria was recently named a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), an honor bestowed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. A graduate of McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, Maria became a Chartered Accountant in 1989. She completed both the Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business programs through Ernst & Young.
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