P&A Grant Thornton chairperson and chief executive officer Marivic Españo was conferred the 2020 Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Accountancy by the Professional Regulation Commission.

P&A Grant Thornton chairperson and CEO Marivic Españo receives the 2020 Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Accountancy from the Professional Regulation Commission.

Españo received the award at PRC’s 2020 Awards ceremony entitled “The Outstanding Professional: Shining Light Amidst the Challenges of Time” on Dec. 17, 2020.

The prestigious award was given by the commission as recommended by a distinguished panel of judges to Españo for fulfilling the criteria of exemplifying professional competence and integrity of the highest degree, for her contributions to the advancement of the Accountancy profession and her contribution and participation in socio-related activities. 

As a recognized expert in fields such as strategy, management, business process improvement, professional accounting services and taxation, Españo has exhibited impeccable leadership and excellence throughout her professional career.

She steered P&A Grant Thornton (Punongbayan & Araullo) to remarkable levels of growth, being its CEO since 2011. Her leadership skills are also recognized within the Grant Thornton network of member firms. She was elected as board governor of Grant Thornton International Ltd from 2015 to 2019.

Españo is actively involved in various business organizations. Her stints include being the former president of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines in 2019, board trustee in the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines and board governor and treasurer of the Management Association of the Philippines.

A certified public accountant, Españo served various positions in the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, including the 2017 chairmanship of the Metro Manila Region and national director for several terms. 

She is a regular speaker and resource person in PICPA conferences, seminars and other events.  She has been recognized by PICPA as the Most Outstanding CPA in Public Practice in 2011. 

Together with Ben Punongbayan and Dally Duque, she co-authored the book published by P&A Foundation entitled “New Accounting Standards and Income Tax Reporting: A Study of Differences”, which won the Anvil Award of Merit in 2008 and was bestowed the Outstanding Authors Award by PICPA Foundation in 2018.


As published in Manila Standard, dated 10 January 2021