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Brian Peccarelli ?81 Over the next month, Carthage will welcome back Brian Peccarelli ’81 to teach virtually as part of the Chapman Executive-in-Residence program.

Mr. Peccarelli is the co-chief operating officer for Thomson Reuters, responsible for all customer-facing operations, including driving sales, business segment organization, and allocation of resources. Previous to this role, Mr. Peccarelli led Tax & Accounting, the fastest growing business of Thomson Reuters. Under his leadership, the Tax & Accounting business experienced dramatic growth — from $485 million in 2005 to roughly $1.5 billion in 2016.

Mr. Peccarelli also serves as the executive sponsor of Thomson Reuters’ Innovation Initiative, a pan-enterprise program that draws together thought leaders and subject-matter experts from a variety of disciplines (legal, tax and accounting, news media, and technology) to cultivate and execute innovative projects in support of Thomson Reuters’ customers. Under his leadership, the initiative has launched several programs to encourage greater cross-enterprise collaboration, fund employee-sourced innovation projects, and establish a culture of entrepreneurship and experimentation.

Mr. Peccarelli, who is a CPA and lawyer, has over 30 years of experience working in the tax software and services industry. Accounting Today has named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in tax and accounting six times.

“We are proud to welcome Mr. Peccarelli back to Carthage as a Chapman Executive-in-Residence,” said Professor Thomas Groleau, chair of the Management and Marketing Department. “Over the past 15 years, this program has brought in a great many working professionals directly into the classroom to connect and interact with our students. As an alumnus, Mr. Peccarelli’s story and successful career will be especially inspiring to our students.”

The Chapman Executive-in-Residence program brings prominent business leaders to campus to speak to students and the public. Recent guests have included Peter Feigin, president of the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum, Craig Leipold, majority owner of the Minnesota Wild, and Randall Tucker, chief inclusion officer at Mastercard. The program was established through a generous endowment by former Carthage Trustee Steven M. Chapman P’11, who is the retired vice president and group vice president — China and Russia for Cummins Inc., and who also served as the initial visiting executive.

Mr. Peccarelli’s visit comes after a recent announcement about Carthage’s new School of Business and Economics in fall 2021, bringing distinctiveness to an already well-respected program in the heart of a major business corridor.


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