Award Recognizes Significant Impact on Atlanta’s Technology Community 

Atlanta, GA – October 17, 2012 – The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) announced that André Schnabl, partner emeritus at global audit, tax and advisory organization Grant Thornton LLP, is the recipient of WIT’s Legacy Award. The WIT Legacy Award was created to recognize extraordinary individuals who have inspired others and provided significant impact to the technology community, particularly in support and development of female professionals, over the course of their career. 

Andre Schnabl“The WIT Legacy Award recognizes individuals whose achievements are marked by exceptional leadership and positive influence,” said Brenda Holmes, president of WIT.  “The WIT Board of Directors selects a distinguished professional whose work has enriched the lives of women in technology and business, and the community in general. André’s dedication to the promotion of women in leadership at Grant Thornton, as well as his extensive work with WIT through the years, makes him the perfect candidate for this honor, and we are thrilled that he has accepted.”

Schnabl’s career has spanned more than 35 years, beginning with Grant Thornton in Zimbabwe, and concluding with his 2012 retirement as the managing partner of the Atlanta office. Now serving in a partner emeritus role, he continues to actively represent the firm in the business community. Schnabl has served in numerous leadership roles, including the inception of Women at Grant Thornton, an initiative which has been the prime driver of increasing the number of women in leadership roles at the firm 171 percent since 2004. Grant Thornton was awarded by Working Mother magazine as a Top 10 Company in 2012, and has been one of the magazine’s 100 Best Companies for the past seven years.

“André’s commitment to helping women advance in their careers and obtain leadership roles, and his ongoing challenge to the executive leadership of Atlanta businesses to support the advancement of women as a core strategic initiative, are some of the most highly regarded aspects of his career. On behalf of Grant Thornton, we congratulate André on receiving this honor, and are proud of the legacy he has built while a key member of the firm’s leadership,” Rick Gebert, Southeast Region and Atlanta Managing Partner, Grant Thornton LLP.

Over the course of his career, and currently, Schnabl has served as an advisor for numerous businesses led by female CEOs, and is currently involved in a number of technology start-up endeavors. He was the 2009 recipient of the Founder’s award, presented by the American Israeli Chamber in support of bilateral trade between the United States and Israel, and was a 2010 honoree inductee of Beta Gamma Sigma, Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University.

Schnabl also served alongside the WIT board in 2000 as one of the architects of the Women of the Year in Technology Awards, and he and Grant Thornton have stayed closely involved since the awards’ inception.

The Legacy Award will be presented at the Grant Thornton Presents WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards gala event on Thursday, November 1 at Cobb Energy Centre. The annual awards were created to recognize the incredible accomplishments of Georgia’s female executives in technology and their impact on their communities. 

A networking reception will be followed by dinner and the presentation of the Women of the Year in Technology winners, the WIT Legacy Award and the Girls Get IT Girl of the Year award, which is generously sponsored by Scintel Technologies. Tickets and tables for the gala are still available.

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