PwC appoints new UK chairman

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By Isabelle Bell, CA Today

28 April 2016

PwC has appointed Kevin Ellis as its new Chairman and Senior Partner for the UK and Middle East.

Kevin, who has been the firm’s Managing Partner since 2012, will take up the new post from July for the next four years.

He will succeed Ian Powell who is retiring after a 39-year career with the Big Four firm, including two terms as Chairman.

The news follows the appointment last month of Robert E. Moritz as PwC Global Chairman, succeeding Dennis Nally.

Kevin Ellis

Kevin Ellis, image courtesy of PwC

Kevin has been with PwC for over 20 years and joined the executive board in 2008. He was Head of Advisory from 2008 to 2012.

PwC said that Kevin has “championed new growth areas”, including cyber security, data and analytics, and sustainability and climate change to “anticipate the changing needs of clients”.

Kevin said that he was “honoured” to be elected as chairman and that helping clients “respond to the opportunities of a digital age by giving them access to high quality teams and innovative services is vital”.

He said: “I will remain focused on delivering the best of PwC to our clients while continuing to invest in our people, skills and technology – all of which are key to our future success.

“Ian Powell has led PwC through a very successful eight years and I’d like to thank him for all he has done in building such a strong firm.”

Ian Powell said: “I’ve seen at first hand Kevin’s energy, enthusiasm and commitment to our clients and people. He has made a significant contribution to the leadership of the UK firm over the past eight years and brings the right qualities, experience and skills to lead the firm to continued success.

“At a time of rapid technological change and economic opportunity I am certain that Kevin will provide strong leadership.”

Source: PwC UK


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