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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (June 1, 2020) — Delap, a Portland-based leader in integrated financial services, today announced that Alex Corrigan is stepping down from his position as CEO, and Chief Financial Officer Earl Pierce is assuming the role, effective immediately. The leadership transition underscores the firm’s people-first culture, strategic vision, and commitment to excellence, integrity, and compassion in client service.
Under Corrigan’s leadership, Delap has grown to become one of the largest and most respected accounting firms in Oregon and has received repeated accolades for workplace culture and client service, including recognition by the Oregonian, the Portland Business Journal, and Oregon Business Magazine.
“In this rapidly evolving business environment, there is no better person to lead Delap forward, and to build on the successes we’ve had over the last 87 years, than Earl Pierce,” Corrigan said. “Earl’s energy, expertise, business vision, and passion to realize our full potential will be invaluable as the firm takes the next step in its growth plan.
“His dedication to building high-performing teams, serving clients’ best interests, and caring for people is exactly what Delap needs as the company enters its next chapter of integrated services, innovation, and growth.”
Since his arrival in 2005, Pierce has been a key player in advancing the firm’s growth trajectory and people-centric business philosophy. Along with his CFO responsibilities, he has served as a trusted advisor to the CEO for several years and has been instrumental in helping the company achieve a rapid year-over-year increase in revenue and team members while expanding its service lines into new areas of capability — including Delap Wealth Advisory and Cybersecurity.
Over the past year, Corrigan and Pierce, together with their partners, have been preparing for a seamless transition. They’ve worked diligently to put a thoughtful succession plan in place — one that preserves the strengths of the firm and aligns with the best interests of clients and team members.
“I’m thrilled to lead Delap at this pivotal time in our rich history,” Pierce said. “I look forward to continuing the firm’s legacy of servant leadership — always putting people at the heart of every decision, investing in the success of others, and empowering clients with the tools needed to achieve their financial objectives.”
One of Portland’s largest local accounting firms, Delap is a fully integrated financial services firm with experts in tax, assurance, business advisory, wealth advisory, and cybersecurity. They give clients a comprehensive view of their full financial picture — providing clarity, coaching, and actionable insight that drives real results for companies ranging in size and industry.