Career Moves this week: 11 April 2018

By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

11 April 2018

Your weekly round-up of the CAs and other business professionals moving into new roles.

RSM appoints Robert Ross CA as COO

Robert Ross CA has been announced as COO of RSM, having spent the past 15 years at the audit, tax and consulting firm.

Robert succeeds David Gwilliam CA, who has taken up the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Robert, said: ‘I’m delighted to be appointed as Chief Operating Officer for RSM. This period is a really exciting one for the firm as it looks to develop and grow its position as the first-choice adviser to middle market leaders in the UK, and globally.”

David said: “I am absolutely delighted to appoint Robert as our new COO. I have worked closely with Robert since he joined the firm in 2003, and more recently in his role as Regional Managing Partner for our Scotland and Northern Ireland region, and as the head of our Consulting services.

“His credentials speak for themselves. He has successfully led our business in Scotland through challenging market conditions and ensured its growth.

“As head of Consulting, he has overseen the near quadrupling of its revenue. I have no doubt that Robert will fulfil his new role with commitment and desire.

“He has great integrity and is dedicated to the interests of our people and our clients.”

Senior appointments for two CAs at Baldwins

Derby-based advisory firm Baldwins has announced the appointments of Fraser Goodall CA as Senior Director and Steven Potter as Director.

Prior to joining Baldwins, Fraser spent four years at BDO as Partner/Tax/Business & Medical Services.

Before joining the firm in 2015 as Clients Relationship Manager, Steven held the position of Corporate Services Manager at Lings Chartered Accountants, which Baldwins acquired in 2015.

Commenting on the appointments, Fraser said: “Steven’s appointment to Director at 33 years of age should also be applauded, and will provide invaluable support in helping to drive Derby’s business community forward.”

Calum Paterson CA named Chair of BVCA

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) has appointed Calum Paterson as its Chairman for 2018/19.

Callum will take on the role alongside his current position of Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners, of which he is also Co-Founder.

Callum said: “I am very pleased to take on the role of BVCA Chair, particularly at this important time for the industry and for the UK economy.

“I would like to pay tribute to my immediate predecessor, Helen Steers of Pantheon Ventures, for doing such an excellent job during the last 12 months.

“Private equity and venture capital plays a vital role in the UK, not least in terms of supporting the growth of innovative companies.

“I look forward to supporting the BVCA in representing and promoting the entire industry, across the whole country.”

Vion appoints new CEO

Food and ingredients producer Vion has announced Ronald Lotgerink as its new CEO with effect from 1 September.

Ronald started his career at Big Four firm KPMG. In 1989 he joined Zwanenberg Food Group as CFO. In 2007 he was appointed CEO. Since 2014 he is also a member of the supervisory board of Vion.

Ronald said: “For me Vion represents a company of systemic importance in the meat industry. To be given the opportunity to become CEO gives me pride, especially with my background, coming from a family of butchers.”

Ortec Finance announces new MD

Deon Dreyer has been named as UK Managing Director of Rotterdam based company Ortec Finance.

Deon will succeed Lucas Vermeulen, who moves back to the Netherlands.

Fred Heemskerk, Head of Global Business at Ortec Finance, said: “Deon has over two decades of industry experience and will bring a wealth of expertise to the role.

“He will be hands on working with our clients on their investment strategy, growing the UK team and enhancing the Ortec offering to ensure these industry leading tools are available to as many pensions schemes, asset managers and asset owners as possible.”

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