Robert (Bob) Hersh is a partner at Grant Thornton LLP, a global professional services firm that serves clients with a full range of audit, tax and advisory services. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut, Hersh’s primary focus has been helping companies improve performance with operational improvement and advanced technology. Hersh started his career in the Hartford office of Arthur Andersen--now Accenture--where he served large aerospace and defense clients. He has also worked for Deloitte Consulting, Parker Hannifin and a software startup. During his career, Hersh has spent time as a manufacturing operations manager, strategic planner, and has led the implementation of global application systems in the ERP, PLM, EAM, CRM and MES functional areas. Using techniques such as JIT, LEAN, 6-sigma and Theory of Constraints, he has helped improve the operational and financial performance of his clients. Hersh was admitted to the Partnership at Grant Thornton in 2013 and has held numerous leadership roles, including Advisory Practice lead for New York and New England. Currently, he is the national practice lead for Asset Intensive Industries, as well as the Infor ERP implementation lead for the Manufacturing and Distribution industries. Hersh graduated from UConn in 1986 with a B.S in Chemical Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1990.