Ousted Grant Thornton boss hits out at poison pen enemies who branded her a ‘socialist’
Shock departure: Sacha Romanovitch, 41, said she was disappointed by comments from colleagues at Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton’s ousted boss has lashed out at internal critics following her shock decision to quit.
Sacha Romanovitch, 41, said she was disappointed by comments from colleagues at the auditing business after being branded a socialist in a poison pen letter.
Romanovitch, who was the only female boss of a large British accountant, last month revealed she was stepping down just days after initially vowing to stay on.
She had been at the centre of a power struggle in the partnership, which saw colleagues leak her annual performance review.
She angered them with an effort to turn the firm into a shared enterprise in which all 4,500 staff had a stake.
An anonymous note sent to newspapers accused her of pursuing a ‘socialist agenda’ and ‘having a high social purpose’ ahead of the business’s financial performance.
Speaking at an event in London, she said: ‘I feel disappointed that a small group – well, one individual – behaved in the way that they did.’
But she added: ‘Having said that, the world often moves in mysterious ways and I think I’ve been through enough of life that, actually, it sometimes just gives you a prompt to say, ‘Right, where can I make the biggest difference now?’.’