Dave Sewell

US-Central Assurance Managing Partner


Dave is the US-Central region assurance managing partner and has over 21 years of experience serving clients in the Atlanta area. Prior to this role, Dave served as the US-Central audit leader, as well as one of the assurance leaders for the Georgia/Alabama market. He has been with EY for 24 years and completed a four-year rotation in the firm’s national accounting professional practice group in New York. While in professional practice, he assisted in the resolution of clients’ complex accounting issues, developed the firm’s accounting guidance, and interacted with the standard setters such as the FASB and regulators like the SEC. Dave’s areas of emphasis while in professional practice included business combinations, consolidations and non-controlling interests, equity method and joint venture accounting, segments, spin-offs, goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets impairment, reorganizations, and nonmonetary transactions. Dave also has extensive knowledge of IFRS as it relates to his areas of focus. Dave has presented business combinations related topics to many of Ernst and Young’s large multinational clients.

Dave has extensive experience in auditing large organizations, SEC reporting, debt and equity transactions, business combinations, and divestitures.

Dave’s industry focus has primarily been technology, consumer products, retail, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution. Dave spent most of his auditing career serving Georgia-Pacific (G-P). While serving G-P, he assisted in numerous transactions including the spin-offs of G-P’s building products distribution business (now Bluelinx), Unisource, and G-P’s pulp business. In addition, Dave assisted G-P with other transactions, including, but not limited, acquisitions and debt offerings. Since his return to Atlanta, Dave has primarily served a technology company and a manufacturing company. Most recently, Dave served as a partner on the ARRIS International plc audit engagement, a $7 billion multinational company based in Suwanee, Georgia. Dave has recently served as the coordinating partner role for G-P and another SEC registrant in the technology sector.

Dave graduated from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a licensed CPA in the states of Georgia, New York, and Maryland. Dave is the board chair of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, which serves under-served minorities in the Atlanta community. Well-respected for his inclusive leadership style, Dave has a strong track record in building high-performing teams and serves on the Americas Inclusiveness Council and the Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Advisory Council. He has worked extensively with Ernst & Young’s College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (CMAP), both in Atlanta and in New York.

Dave has 3 children and is actively involved in their sporting and extracurricular activities.