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Danny McCance 12 Apr 2019 05:05pm

Movers and shakers

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

RSM

Duncan Nott, Phil Partington and Keith Thomas have been appointed as partners in the mid-tier firm’s London office while Mel Reed has been brought in from Bury St Edmunds to bolster the firm’s tax offering.

Reed is the national head of the corporate tax team and has been with RSM for almost five years. Previously she was a tax partner at Scratton Bland and throughout her more-than-20-year career has also held senior roles at Grant Thornton.

Phil Partington has been brought into the firm’s employer solutions tax group. A specialist in expatriate tax, he moves from MHA MacIntyre Hudson where he was tax director, having been with the firm for four years. He has 20 years’ experience in the profession, having held roles at Frank Hirth, BDO, KPMG and Deloitte.

Nott, a transfer pricing partner, moves from BDO where he was a transfer pricing director after spending more than eight years with the firm. Previously he spent more than six years at Big Four firm PwC.

Thomas has almost 40 years’ experience in the profession and previously headed the FTSE 100 tax group. He has spent 27 years at partner level and will focus on driving growth for large corporate groups.

Deloitte US

Lara Abrash, Dan Elrich and John Peirson have all been appointed to senior roles within the US firm’s leadership team, effective 2 June.

Abrash has been appointed as the new chair and CEO of Deloitte & Touche and will lead the firm’s US audit and assurance practice. She is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, is currently deputy CEO of the Deloitte US audit and assurance practice and a member of the board of directors. She will replace Joseph Ucuzoglu, who in turn is taking over from Cathy Engelbert as CEO of Deloitte US.

 Meanwhile, Helfrich has been appointed CEO of Deloitte Consulting and will replace Janet Foutty when she takes up her role as chair of the Deloitte US board of Directors. Helfrich has been with the firm for more than 20 years. He currently leads its US government and public services practice, and is also chief strategy and transformation officer for Deloitte Consulting.

Peirson has been appointed CEO of Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory. He is currently COO for Deloitte Consulting and previously held the same position for Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory.

KPMG

David Hewitt and Peter Workman join the Big Four firm as partners while Jo Brien, Mythrayi Manickarajah and Daniel Smith have been promoted to partner.

Hewitt, who will join the corporate team in M&A tax, has almost two decades experience in financial services and joins from Grant Thornton where he was a partner and previously director, having been with the firm for more than 13 years in total. He has previously held roles at EY, Simmons Gainsford and Deloitte.

Workman will join the national markets team in legal services, moving from Big Four firm PwC where he was a partner, having been with the firm leading its corporate team leading the legal services offering in the Midlands.

Brien has been with the firm for more than 16 years and prior to promotion was a director working in national markets. She works within the tax business in the North and Midlands and leads a team based across the Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham offices.

Manickarajah, ACA, has been promoted as partner in deals advisory tax for infrastructure. Prior to her promotion she was director of infrastructure transaction tax, and has been with the firm for more than 12 years. Previously she has worked at both KPMG US and in the Netherlands.

Smith has been promoted as a partner in indirect tax, having been with the firm for almost six years. Prior to this he was a director in indirect tax at Deloitte, where he spent more than 15 years.

Ten Lifestyle Group

Alan Donald has been appointed as CFO of the digital travel platform, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment Donald was finance director for Thomas Cook UK & Ireland tour operating business and before this FD for Saga. Through his career he has held various senior roles with the finance function including as VP and CFO for EMEA at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, CFO for Menzies Aviation, CFO for Europe at CIGNA International and as FD at Bupa International. Donald trained as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Grant Thornton

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at the UK’s sixth-largest firm, effective immediately.

Cardoso has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice, having been with the firm for more than 13 years. Prior to his appointment he was audit and assurance director.

Maltz has been appointed as a real-estate tax partner and joins from EY, where he spent more than 17 years and was a partner in real-estate tax.

Patel has also been promoted as a partner in the firm’s real-estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years, joining as a trainee in 2003. She is member of the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

The final appointment in the firm’s real-estate tax practice is Roberts, who also joins from EY where he was associate partner and real-estate advisory lead. With more than 25 years’ experience in financial services, he was previously director and head of the corporate finance real-estate advisory team at PwC.

Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. He has more than 20 years’ experience in tax and joined from Moore Stephens where he was a VAT partner, having spent more than five years with the firm. Previously he was partner in VAT at BDO and a partner at PKF (UK), as well as spending five years as a higher executive officer at HMRC.

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