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3 New Partner Promotions!

(Palo Alto, California – July 3, 2014) Connor Group is pleased to announce the promotion of three new Partners to the firm effective July 1, 2014.   

  • Jo Lynch – Technical Accounting practice – San Francisco office
  • Melissa Nietzel – Technical Accounting practice – New York office
  • Deepika Sandhu – Palo Alto office – Financial Operations (FinOps) practice

Joanna (Jo) LynchJo

Jo has been with Connor Group since July 2012. She is currently a Director in the Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice located in the San Francisco office.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Jo spent over six years as a Senior Manager in the Central European Area Capital Markets Group of Ernst & Young.  She was a technical advisor and reviewer for companies going through the S-1 or F-1 filing process with the SEC, as well as companies already listed on US exchanges. She also provided business, accounting, and reporting expertise to multi-national companies reporting under US and international accounting standards.

In addition, Jo is a former Manager in the assurance & management advisory service practices of KPMG Silicon Valley. She worked with private and public companies in technology and other industries and managed audits over financial statements and internal controls.

Jo is a Certified Public Accountant (California) and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jo keeps busy with her 5 year-old son and 2-year old twin girls and enjoys reading, traveling and dining out in her “spare time.”

Melissa NietzelMelissa

Melissa has been with Connor Group since October 2009. She is a Partner in the Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice in the New York City office managing client engagements such as IPO readiness, the S-1 filing process, preparation of Regulation S-X compliant financial statements and providing assistance with a variety of technical accounting issues. Melissa has experience in multiple industries, including technology, biotech, financial services and manufacturing.

Melissa was formerly a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Transaction Services division (formerly the Global Capital Markets Group) practicing in several offices including San Francisco and Sydney, Australia where she provided technical accounting advice with regards to domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, IPO filings, S-4 and Rule 144a filings.

In addition, Melissa was a Senior Associate in the PwC audit assurance practice in Sacramento, California serving a variety of private and pre-IPO companies. During her career, Melissa has served numerous clients include Visa, Westpac Bank, Infoblox, A10 Networks and Arista Networks.

Melissa currently lives in Rhode Island with her husband who is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy, stationed at the Naval Surface Warfare Officer School. Melissa is involved in a variety of Navy Spouse activities, including previously serving as the Command Leadership Spouse of MCM Crew Leader.

Melissa is a Certified Public Accountant (California, Arizona and Massachusetts) and also holds the AICPA’s Chartered Global Management Accountant designation.  Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Accounting degree from Valparaiso University.

Deepika SandhuDeepika

Deepika has been with Connor Group since September 2012. She is a Partner in the Financial Operations (FinOps) practice and is based in the Palo Alto office.

Deepika has more than 15 years of direct industry, management consulting and Big-4 experience in business process improvement, financial and accounting process design and implementation and organizational effectiveness.

At Connor Group, Deepika has made a huge impact in many areas including:

  • IPO planning, project management and readiness assessments
  • Development of HR Gold Standard
  • FinOps training & recruitment
  • Service Delivery Tools
  • Co-launched the Connor Cares initiative
  • Active in business development

Previous Career Highlights:

  • Senior Manager in the advisory practice of Grant Thornton
  • Head of Business Process Improvement and Internal Controls at Bebe Stores, Inc.
  • Senior Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting

Deepika completed a MS in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and a Dual BA in Economics and International Relations from Scripps College.

Deepika lives in Fremont, CA with her husband and their 10-month old baby girl. Outside of work and family, Deepika is an aspiring writer.