Danny McCance 15 Mar 2019 02:45pm

Movers and shakers

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

Standard Life Aberdeen

Stephanie Bruce has been appointed to lead the finance function at the global investment company and will replace Bill Rattray who will retire on 31 May.

The company has also announced that it would be doing away with its double executive structure, as co-CEO Martin Gilbert will become vice chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen and chairman of Aberdeen Standard Investments, leaving Keith Skeoch to take over as sole CEO.

Bruce has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services and is currently head of financial services assurance UK at Big Four firm PwC and since 2016, she was also head of financial series for the UK regions. She was made partner at the firm in 2002 after joining in 1990.

She is a member of the Scottish Financial Enterprise, and a member of the council and former chair of the Audit Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993.

Pending regulatory confirmation Bruce will take over from Rattray, who has been with Standard Life for 34 years.


Joanne Wilson has been appointed as CFO of the drinks provider.

Wilson, ACA, is currently CFO at data science specialists dunnhumby – part of Tesco Plc – a role that she has been in for three years. She has spent 10 years at Tesco Plc in various senior roles including head of M&A and commercial director of health and beauty. Previously she spent nine years at KPMG, where she became associate director of KPMG Corporate Finance in Hong Kong and London.


Simon Greaves, Leighton Thomas and Matt Lister have been appointed as partners at the UK’s fifth-largest accountancy firm, effective immediately.

Greaves has been appointed as a partner in the firm’s forensics team and joins from Berkeley Research Group, where he was managing director. He has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services including roles as managing director at Duff & Phelps, Fitch Ratings and vice president of Application Networks, and Credit Suisse as well as working at Big Four firm KPMG.

Lister, ACA, has been appointed as a corporate finance partner in BDO’s Thames Tower Reading Office. He has more than 20 year’s experience, having joined from Big Four firm PwC.

Thomas, ACA, has been appointed to BDO’s audit team, having also joined from PwC. He has worked for more than 23 years. Prior to his appointment he was audit director in advisory at the firm.

Deloitte US

Joseph Ucuzoglu has been confirmed to succeed Cathy Engelbert as the CEO of the Big Four firm and Janet Foutty will be chair of the board, effective June 2019.

The picks were originally announced in December last year as Engelbert approaches the end of her four-year term.

Ucuzoglu is currently serving as chair and CEO of Deloitte & Touche LLP, as well as sitting on a number of external boards, including the US Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on Deloitte Global’s board of directors.

Janet Foutty is currently the chair and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, and serves on Deloitte Global’s board of directors. She is also an author, public speaker, and advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

UHY Hacker Young

Andrew Timms has been appointed as partner in the Nottingham office of the business and advisory firm, effective immediately.

Timms has more than 20 years’ experience in audit and prior to his appointment was at PKF Cooper Parry where he had been a partner for more than 11 years. He spent more than seven years at Big Four firm Deloitte as a senior manager, having moved from Page Kirk, where he was an audit trainee.


Zachary Kirkhorn has been appointed as CFO of the electric car manufacturer, succeeed Deepak Ahuja, and Vaibhav Taneja has been appointed as chief accounting officer.

Prior to his appointment, Kirkhorn was vice president of finance, financial planning and business operations, taking on the role in December 2018. He has been with Tesla since 2011, serving in various senior roles. Prior to this he was a senior business analyst at McKinsey & Company.

Taneja has been with Tesla for more than two years and prior to his appointment was corporate controller. He previously served as assistant corporate controller and as vice president of SolarCity Corporation. Between 1999 and 2006 he worked at PwC and was a senior manager in the firm’s assurance practice. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.