Jessica Fino 7 Feb 2018 09:36am

RSM appoints David Gwilliam as new CEO

The mid-tier firm RSM has appointed David Gwilliam as its new chief executive officer in the UK, taking on the role from 1 April

Gwilliam will replace Laurence Longe, who has been CEO for 22 years. Longe is moving up to become chairman.

The incoming CEO has been working at RSM as a chief operating officer since 2014, after 17 years at Baker Tilly – now part of RSM – as partner. He was also regional manager for the London region for four years.

Longe said, “I am extremely pleased that David will be the firm’s next CEO. The firm’s entire leadership team has worked closely with David over many years, most recently in his role as chief operating officer since 2014, and we are therefore confident that David will lead the firm with commitment and energy. He is a man of integrity and vision, dedicated to the interests of our people and our clients.”

RSM, which is the seventh largest firm in the UK, was last month named the second most popular M&A adviser, with 145 deals, just behind Grant Thornton and ahead of BDO.

The firm said in December that its revenue had increased 9% to £319m for its financial year ending 31 March 2017, while its profits rose by 15% to £49m as it recorded growth across most service lines.