Joel Muckett 15 Dec 2017 09:45am

Movers and shakers

A round-up of this week's appointments, promotions, board moves and resignations


John Kent has been appointed as a partner of the Big Four firm’s UK banking and capital markets team, effective immediately.

Kent, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has 25 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he spent six years as HSBC’s global head of IFRS within their asset and structure finance team. He also spent 19 years as part of KPMG UK, where he became an associate partner.

A specialist in financial instruments and structured transactions, Kent will co-lead the banking IFRS advisory practice.


Judd Caplain has been appointed global head of banking and capital markets at the Big Four firm, effective immediately, and will succeed current head Bill Michael.

Caplain has more than 20 years’ experience. He has been with KPMG since 2001, and was previously the national advisory industry leader for consulting services for banking and diversified financials. Prior to joining the firm, he held roles at Mitchell Madison Group, JPMorgan Chase and BankBoston.

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

William Duhnke has been appointed as chairman of the regulator, effective January 2018, and will succeed current chair, James Doty.

Duhnke is a long-time republican senate aide and is currently the staff director and general counsel to the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Previously, he held the same role for the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, along with the Committee of Appropriations. Prior to joining the Senate staff, Duhnke was part of the US Navy’s Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.

Duhnke was appointed to the board by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alongside, Robert Brown, Kathleen Hamm, James Kaiser and Duane DesParte who will all serve on the board. They will succeed current board members, Steve Harris, Lew Ferguson and Jeanette Franzel.

Brown is a professor of law at the University of Denver, where he is also a director of the corporate and commercial law programme. Prior to his teaching career, Brown was the legal counsel in the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Hamm has nearly 30 years’ experience. She is currently the global leader of securities and fintech services, and also senior strategic advisor on cyber solutions, at Promonotry Financial Group. She has previously held roles at the US Department of the Treasury, National Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kaiser has 38 years’ experience, all of which, spent with PwC. He has held multiple roles at the Big Four firm, eventually working his way up to global assurance methodology and transformation leader.

DesParte has 32 years’ experience. Currently, he is the senior vice president and corporate controller of Exelon. Prior to joining the energy company, he was an audit partner at Deloitte, and held the same role at Arthur Andersen.

Health Sciences Centre

Ronan Segrave has been appointed interim chief operating officer at the Manitoba-based hospital, effective immediately.

Segrave has over 20 years’ experience. Currently the president and principal consultant of Segrave & Associates, he was previously a national cost optimisation lead at KPMG’s health and life sciences practice.

Segrave was the British Columbia and Western Canada health care lead for EY Canada, and prior to that, was the senior manager of their UK health practice. He was also the policy lead for the Department of Health’s Care Services Efficiency Delivery programme from 2004 to 2008.

He will serve as interim chief operating officer as the hospital moves from the control of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

International Accounting Education Standards Board Advisory Group

Ray Johnson has been appointed chair of the independent standard-setting body’s Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), effective 1 January 2018, and will will succeed current chair, Keith Bowman.

Johnson, a certified public accountant, has over 40 years’ experience in accounting and auditing education. He has taught at universities in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He is currently director at large of the US National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and chair of the NASBA Education Committee.


Alex Barker has been appointed as a senior manager of the mid-tier accountancy firm, while Sarah Jones has been appointed manager.

Barker, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW, has 11 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior manager at Buzzacott.

Jones has over 6 years’ experience. Prior to her appointment, she was an audit manager at Simmons Gainford, and has previously held roles at HW Fisher & Company, RPG Crouch Chapman and Wilkins Kennedy.

Haines Watts

Chris Hird has been appointed as an associate partner at the national accountancy firm, effective immediately.

Hird, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has over 14 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he was with Tait Walker, holding the roles of a corporate finance executive and then corporate finance assistant manager. Hird has also held positions at Baines Jewitt, Rowlands, Mitchell Gordon, Clive Owen and Howard Worth.