H&R Block, Inc. has announced that Charles Elliott "C. E." Andrews has been named president of its wholly owned business services subsidiary, RSM McGladrey, effective June 29, 2009. He joins the Company after most recently serving as President of SLM Corporation ("Sallie Mae") following a 29-year career with Arthur Andersen.
"We are pleased that C. E. Andrews is joining RSM McGladrey as its new president. His extensive industry background and leadership experience, including nearly three decades with a major global accounting firm, make him a great choice for the company as it pursues the tremendous market opportunities that exist and builds on its recent growth. In particular, C. E. will lead efforts to further build the McGladrey brand, increase our ability to attract and retain talent, and increase our share among firms in the middle market," said Russ Smyth, president and chief executive officer of H&R Block.
C. E. Andrews began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1974, after graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He became a partner in 1984, and held increasingly responsible positions in the firm, including key leadership roles in the Metropolitan Washington Office, the Mid-Atlantic Market Circle, the Southeast Region, the United States National Practice and, ultimately, Arthur Andersen Global. He managed all lines of business, including audit, tax, and consulting before being named Head of Worldwide Audit and Business Advisory Practice in 2001. His office, market circle and region were top performers annually in terms of quality, growth, and profitability within Arthur Andersen and among competitors. After Andersen ceased performing professional services in 2002, he remained with the firm to assist with its orderly and successful dissolution. Andrews joined Sallie Mae in 2003 as EVP, accounting and risk management. He later served as chief financial officer, president, and chief executive officer. He is currently a member of the board of directors at Six Flags, Inc., NVR, Inc. and U-Store-It Trust.