Maria Pinelli, is a Senior Global Executive, Director and former EY Partner. She recently retired from EY and serves as a board member for Clarim Acquistion Corp. (NASDAQ: CLRMU). She is the founder of Strategic Growth Advisors working with high growth companies to achieve their goals.
Ms. Pinelli was Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young LLP (EY) from 2011 to 2017 and led EY’s Global Strategic Growth Business unit with a focus on serving entrepreneurs, private and public companies poised for exponential growth. For this multi-billion dollar business, Ms. Pinelli led EY’s efforts across all business sectors overseeing the Americas, Europe, Middle East, India, Africa Asia Pacific and Japan regions covering over 150 countries. During the same period, she also served as EY’s Global IPO Leader, helping clients prepare for the public markets including IPO readiness, SOX compliance and how to manage stakeholder expectations. Prior to leading this global business of EY, Ms. Pinelli was EY’s America’s Director of Strategic Growth Markets from 2006 to 2011. In this role, Ms. Pinelli led a team of over 5,000 professionals serving high growth private, pre IPO companies, public and private equity backed businesses. As a recognized expert commentator on the trends that are driving global activity in the IPO market, entrepreneurship and innovation, and economic growth, Ms. Pinelli often speaks on business matters and testified before the subcommittee of the US House Financial Services Committee on the US competitiveness and global IPO trends and capital raising. She oversaw The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program globally which recognizes inspirational entrepreneurs and innovators, launched The Strategic Growth Form, a gathering of high growth companies and The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Program, a leadership program for Women Entrepreneurs now in over 25 countries. Following her global role, from 2018-2020, Ms. Pinelli led EY’s Consumer Products and Retail sector based in the US Southeast. Ms. Pinelli is a qualified public accountant in Canada and the United Kingdom and prior to her EY Global and America’s role was a lead client service partner serving significant clients in the technology, consumer and retail sectors. She was involved in multiple IPOs and M&A Strategic Transactions over her career. A Bachelor of Commerce graduate of McMaster University, Canada and executive programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management, she was recognized by “Lean-In” for her support of women, and has spoken at the Most Powerful Women Summit, Davos, and G20 Summits as well as was featured in the WSJ, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Squawk Box. She was admitted to the Committee 200 and named to the list of Power 100 Women, celebrating the Square Mile’s Most Inspirational Women in the city of London, UK. Ms. Pinelli’s community support includes her previous roles as Chair of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Growth Company Advisory Committee and her corporate, government and entrepreneurial support for innovation and entrepreneurs. She is passionate about helping woman succeed in business and personally, recognizing their positive contribution economically and socially