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HORNE LLP elects Katherine Watts Chair of the Board of Directors

RIDGELAND, Miss., May 19, 2016 – HORNE LLP makes history with the election of Katherine G. Watts, CPA, CHC, as their first female to serve as chair of the board.

“I’ve had the honor to be the first female in many leadership roles during my career but this election means the most to me. To have the trust and support from the board to guide our firm into the future over the next year will be one of my greatest honors,” explains Watts.

Watts has been with HORNE since 2004 and is currently the partner in charge of healthcare services. She leads a team of Certified Public Accountants and healthcare consultants providing services to physicians, medical groups, hospital systems, ambulatory surgery centers and other healthcare organizations across the country as they develop strategies to meet today’s market demands. Watts’ primary concentration is in both the financial and operational aspects of medical practices including startups, mergers and dissolutions, outsourced accounting, physician compensation modeling, practice and clinic transfers of ownership, benchmarking and fee schedules, and tax planning and consulting.

Her leadership also guides the firm’s Belonging at HORNE journey, HORNE’s version of diversity and inclusion efforts. Under her leadership, the firm has established an extremely successful sponsorship and advocacy program, made progress with issues surrounding gender, ethnicity and generations, and started hard conversations regarding the future of the firm. She recently served as a national panelist at the AICPA’s 2015 Women’s Global Leadership Summit where she shared her passion for sponsorship, advocacy and role models in the accounting profession. She also serves on the AICPA’s national council and is a past president of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants

“Kathy's leadership has already made a significant impact on our journey to build the Wise Firm, and it will no doubt push us forward this next year,” says Executive Partner Joey Havens.

Watts has more than 30 years of experience providing assurance, tax and consulting services to physician practices and related entities.

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