DFK International Names Graf as President

Roland Graf

Roland Graf

DFK International has named Roland Graf as the global accountancy association’s new president. He is a partner and specialist tax lawyer at Munich-based Peters, Schönberger & Partner.

“The needs of DFK member clients are changing over time. We will still have our traditional consulting work to do, but we have to adapt and develop lots of new services that our clients require. This extends from managing the challenge of digitalization, to automating processes, and is vital for the future. We’re working hard to involve younger people from our member firms and for them to have the opportunity to bring forward new ideas,” says Graf.

Demetris Demetriou, the preceding president, was made honorary lifetime president of DFK. “It was a learning exercise for me, getting to know people across the association and learning from them. I tried to do my best to assist DFK International moving forward. Looking back at highlights, we changed the constitution last year and this is working successfully going into a second year. We have created regional executive offices in Asia Pacific and Latin America and both are working extremely well,” says Demetriou.

He also believes providing a pathway for members’ future leaders is vital for DFK International. “Succession planning is a major issue across the world. We have to find a way to help our members to overcome these challenges and involve our future leaders in DFK and we’re working on a number of ways to bridge these gaps,” says Demetriou.