Career Moves this week: 15 February 2017

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

15 February 2017

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

Richard Clarke CA strengthens KPMG team in UAE

KPMG have named Richard Clarke CA as Partner and Head of Deal Advisory in the UAE and Oman. This appointment is the latest move by the firm to expand its investment and leadership team in the Lower Gulf region.

Richard joins KPMG from Dubai International Capital, where he was Managing Director for Private Equity. He has over 20 years of experience in both the Middle East and in London, having previously spent 11 years with Deloitte. He qualified as a CA in 1998 with PwC and specialises in business strategy optimisation and legal and financial restructuring.

Vijay Malhotra, CEO of KPMG in the Lower Gulf, said: “Richard is a recognized leader in the private equity and investment management space. His appointment underlines the confidence we have in the region and beyond.

“We are confident that his two decades of extensive experience and regional know-how will further strengthen our deal advisory practice while enhancing our ability to execute landmark transactions and deliver great value for our clients.”

Craig Maxwell CA joins Mazars as Partner

Mazars have announced the appointment of Craig Maxwell CA as Partner in Audit and Assurance at the Glasgow office.

Craig qualified as a CA with Campbell Dallas in 2002 and has previously worked at Partner level with PKF and BDO. He has been based in Australia for 13 years and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Craig commented: “I’m excited to be working in Scotland again, where I began my career, especially with a dynamic firm like Mazars. There are a lot of opportunities in the market here, and I’m looking forward to building strong relationships with the team, our clients and the community as we drive towards our shared success.”

Margaret Laidlaw, Partner at Mazars, added: “The number of entrepreneurs establishing new start-ups and developing SMEs in Scotland has grown significantly in recent years and there is real ambition here for those opportunities to continue.

"Craig is a valuable addition to our team and his international experience and expertise will benefit our clients and their businesses.”

Jim Muir CA appointed to the Dudley Building Society

Jim Muir BAcc CA has joined the Dudley Building Society as a Non-Executive Director of the board.

With over 30 years' worth of experience in the financial sector, Jim owns Buscando, a financial services and financial management consultancy, and is currently a Consulting Partner at Confidential.

He has also recently accepted roles as a Director and Trustee of both The Children's University and The Children's University Scotland.

PwC announces new senior digital roles

PwC Australia has appointed Vishy Narayanan to the new role of Chief Digital Officer. He will lead the internal technology team to drive change across the firm.

Vishy was previously the Global Head of Digital Technology at Cochlear and has also worked with Deloitte Consulting as the Practice and Technology Director for Sydney.

He said: "I want to help strengthen PwC’s innovative culture and the digital mindset across the whole of the business."

PwC have also recruited a new Director to its cybersecurity and data privacy legal team in London.

Kate Macmillan joins from law firm Collyer Bristow, where she was Partner for over six years, specialising in assisting corporates with data protection and trademark infringement.

She commented: “I am excited to be joining PwC at a time when organisations are increasingly looking for support in meeting the demands of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)."

New board member joins Edrington

International premium spirits company Edrington have announced the appointment of Crawford Gillies as Non-Executive Director.

Crawford currently occupies non-executive positions on the boards of SSE and Barclays Bank. He also founded The Saltire Foundation, which helps develop entrepreneurial leadership in Scotland.

Edrington owns some of the leading Scotch whisky and rum brands in the world, including The Famous Grouse and Highland Park, and has its route to market in 12 countries around the world.

Chief Executive Ian Curle said: “Crawford’s wide ranging international business experience will be invaluable to Edrington as it seeks further growth in the premium spirits market.”

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