David Ljung was named president and chief executive officer of Gilbert Associates, a Sacramento-based accounting firm, effective January 1, 2014.
Ljung succeeds Thomas Gilbert, who founded the firm in 1984 and will remain as chairman of the board. The firm also announced that Darla Colson will continue as chief financial officer and oversee day-to-day operations in the newly appointed role of chief operating officer.
“I’m very pleased to see Dave and Darla advance in leadership,” said Gilbert. “This is another milestone in structuring our firm for the future and expanding our reputation as a leader in accounting, tax and audit services.”
Ljung has been a Gilbert shareholder for 16 years and leads the firm’s Nonprofit and Association Practice serving clients throughout California. His team offers audit and accounting services and consulting on board governance, financial management, strategic planning and operational issues.
Ljung is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. For more than 30 years, he has served on numerous boards of directors including the Nonprofit Resource Center.
The firm, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014, has grown to nine shareholders and over 50 staff, with offices in Sacramento and Folsom. It’s now ranked among the top five CPA firms in the Sacramento area and serves a diverse range of industries and clients.