Career Moves this week: 18 October 2017

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By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

18 October 2017

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

Graeme Aithie CA becomes Partner at QMPF

Graeme Aithie CA has been made Partner at the infrastructure finance advisory firm QMPF.  This follows Peter Lyons’ promotion to Partner in 2016, and their role in the growth of QMPF’s education and student accommodation practice in particular.

Their team covers the UK and Irish markets and has originated £550m of investment in student residences developments and over £100m in debt facilities for higher education clients so far in 2017.

Graeme qualified as a CA in 2005 with PwC and has been with QMPF (formerly Quayle Munro) for 10 years.

Susan Godman CA joins Henderson Loggie

Susan Godman CA has been appointed Business Facilitator with Henderson Loggie.

Susan qualified as a CA in 2007 with PwC and has a background in corporate structured finance at RBS.

She then moved into professional education with ICAS focusing on teaching and facilitation, before contracting as a lecturer at a number of academic institutions across the UK.

Commenting on Susan’s appointment, Henderson Loggie Partner Steve Cartwright said:

“Susan brings a unique set of skills in accountancy, corporate finance and training which will be of huge benefit to the businesses we support.”

Susan said: “Henderson Loggie’s existing Business Leader Group has been very successful, and I am delighted to join such a progressive firm as it prepares to launch a new Dundee group in November.”

IAESB appoints Chair

The International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) has reappointed Chris Austin CBE as Chair for a one-year renewable term.

On taking up the role on 1 January, Chris will focus on developing accountancy education standards and support materials.

Chris said: “I am incredibly honored to be reappointed, and to continue to work with some of the best in the industry as together we improve, expand, and shape how the next generation of budding accountants are taught.”

New Head of Automotive appointed at KPMG

Justin Benson has been appointed KPMG’s UK Head of Automotive.

Justin joined KPMG in 2000 and he is a director within the firm. He succeeds John Leech who has led the UK automotive practice since 2011.

Stephen Cooper, UK head of industrial manufacturing at KPMG, said: “I look forward to working with Justin, who brings an already established network, innovative thinking and significant operational skills to the fore at a time when the automotive sector is on the cusp of disruption from electrification, self-driving cars and mobility as a service.

Justin said: “I believe we are entering the most exciting period in automotive since the invention of the car, so I'm delighted to be taking over the reins from John.”

BDO names new CEO

Albert Lopez has been named CEO of the Americas region of BDO International.

Albert succeeds Keith Farlinger, who was previously announced as the new CEO of the BDO network.

Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA and Chairman of the Global Board of BDO International, said:

“I want to congratulate Albert Lopez on his appointment as CEO of the Americas region and welcome him to our global leadership team.”


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