Career Moves this week: 31 August 2016

CA Today Rotterdam
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

31 August 2016

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

Craig Smyth CA named CEO of Worldwide Flight Services

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has announced the appointment of Craig Smyth CA as new CEO.

Craig moved into the position earlier this week and will be relocating to WFS’ Charles de Gaulle offices in Roissy, Paris.

He previously spent more than 20 years at John Menzies in various senior roles, most recently as CEO of Menzies Aviation. During his tenure, the business grew to one of the largest aviation services businesses in the world.

Craig said: “I look forward to engaging right away and working with our customers, employees and partners to help move the business forward and maximize its potential.”

Bastian Lueken, Head of the European Investment team at Platinum Equity, which acquired WFS last year, commented: “Craig has the right combination of leadership skills and industry expertise to build on WFS's success and deliver on our long-term goals for the company.

"He is one of the most experienced and respected executives in the aviation services industry and has proven himself over a distinguished 20 year career.”

Chancellor adds three Directors to Office of Tax Simplification

Chancellor Philip Hammond has appointed three new non-executive Directors to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS).

John Cullinane is Tax Policy Director of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). He was previously at the head of Deloitte's tax quality and risk function.

Paul Johnson is currently Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). He was formerly a Director at HM Treasury and is a visiting economics professor at University College London.

Kathleen Russ is Head of Tax at Travers Smith and a member of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) tax committee.

Angela Knight, Chair of the OTS, said: "The addition of three new non-executive board members puts the OTS in the best possible position to make the most of its new status as a permanent, statutory body. We have an interesting and exciting time ahead and the opportunity to make good progress."

Head of Charities at PwC appointed interim Manager of Park Charitable Trust

Ian Oakley-Smith, PwC Head of Charities, has been named as interim manager at the Park Charitable Trust.

In this role, he will take control of and protect the charity's assets and have all the powers and duties of the trustees.

He will also be conducting a review of the charity’s investments and seek to establish the assets, liabilities and creditors of the charity.

The Park Charitable Trust has stated its intention to wind up business and is expected to dissolve during Ian's tenure.

New Finance Director named at Carillion

Zafar Khan will take over the role of Group Financial Director at Carillion when the current holder of the position, Richard Adam, retires in December.

Zafar has been Carilion's Financial Controller since 2013. He joined the group in 2011 and served as Finance Director of its Al Futtaim Carillion joint venture in the United Arab Emirates.

Carillion Chairman, Philip Green, said: “Zafar has already made a significant contribution to the success of the group and his appointment continues our excellent track record of developing our own people and allows for a seamless transition following Richard Adam’s retirement.

Lee Causer made Partner at Moore Stephens

Lee Causer has joined the Restructuring & Insolvency team at Moore Stephens as a Partner.

Lee has over 19 years’ experience of working in corporate restructuring in the Midlands and comes to Moore Stephens from a director position at AlixPartners.

Jeremy Willmont, Head of Restructuring & Insolvency at Moore Stephens, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lee to Moore Stephens. He brings many years of high-level experience to the team and has a detailed understanding of how lenders approach restructuring.

Lee added: “These are exciting times for Moore Stephens, which continues to expand and pick up increasingly high-profile work across its national teams.”

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