John Pennett

, Partner


John Pennett


  • Life Sciences
  • Technology
  • Public Companies


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Rutgers University


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • BioNJ: CFO Committee Co-Chair
  • New Jersey Technology Council
  • Life Sciences Pennsylvania
  • Rutgers University School of Business: Accounting Advisory Board
  • Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies: Advisory Board
  • eLabs Advisory Board

John Pennett is the Partner-in-Charge of the Life Sciences Group and Technology Group. He has 30 years of public accounting experience, with a strong emphasis on public and private life science and technology companies. John is a frequent writer and speaker on topics related to issues impacting businesses in the life sciences and technology space. He is the publisher of Catalyst, a magazine focused solely on issues related to life sciences and pharmaceutical companies. John supports entrepreneurial organizations around the country with content and program development, and serves as a mentor to several early-stage companies.

John has led the accounting, auditing and strategic advisory work for more than a hundred IPOs, private financing and mergers and acquisitions with an aggregate valuation in excess of $1 billion. In addition, he has served as the interim lead of the firm’s Risk Advisory Practice, leading internal audit, contract compliance and Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and testing. John previously worked as an Audit Partner for an international accounting and consulting firm.

  • Where did you grow up?
  • Freehold, NJ
  • How do you enjoy spending your time outside the office?
  • Playing basketball, working outdoors.
  • What are you most passionate about with your work?
  • Helping entrepreneurs succeed.
  • What piece of advice do you often give clients?
  • Focus on core competencies, and let us and others take care of the back office.
  • I love when clients ask me about …
  • Solving business issues, because I like to think beyond accounting concepts and into real life business decision-making.
  • If you had to choose another occupation, what would it be?
  • Professional basketball player
  • What is the most played song on your iPod?
  • Most anything by REM and Pearl Jam
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • Engineering an Empire
  • What is your favorite nonprofit to support?
  • Statewide Parents Advocacy Network – the largest organization in NJ supporting families in need
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