Robbins Appointed as CEO of Kreston International

Liza Robbins

Liza Robbins

Liza Robbins has been appointed to succeed Jon Lisby as Kreston’s CEO, effective Aug. 1.

Robbins joins Kreston after nine years as CEO of top 10 global association Morison KSi. As a marketing and business development leader and visionary, she has been instrumental in the development of the association, expanding its coverage to over 80 countries and leading on the successful merger of Morison International and KS International.

“I am delighted that we have succeeded in securing Liza and considerable thanks are owed by the network to the Kreston International Chairman and Board for the thorough and extensive recruitment exercise that has been completed so successfully,” says Lisby. “Liza has a proven international track record as a change agent and has extensive experience in the fields of information technology, media as well as professional and membership services. With the technology revolution already disrupting the global accounting profession, I have no doubt that Liza will be an exceptional asset to our network and the further development of our growth strategy.”

“I have followed and admired Kreston International for many years so I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the network as CEO on August 1,” says Robbins. “Kreston is a world class organization that thrives by skillfully and uniquely combining deep personal relationships with superior global expertise. Kreston is extremely well placed to deliver lucrative opportunities to member firms and their clients and I am excited to drive the network to its next stage of development and further strengthen our partnerships.”

Contryman Associates Named Charron as President

Dan Charron

Dan Charron

Hastings, Neb.-based Contryman Associates PC has named Dan Charron as president, effective May 1. Charron has been the tax department shareholder lead for two years and will effectively take over the day-to-day operations of the CPA firm.

Charron has been with Contryman Associates since 1997 and a shareholder since 1999. He is also a wealth care professional for Wealth Advisors Network Inc. which is owned by Contryman Associates.

Charron is taking over for Jeff Anderson has been the President and CEO of Contryman Associates since 1999. Anderson will focus his time and attention on the growth of Wealth Management business while retaining the CEO title in Contryman Associates. He will help facilitate Charrons’s transition over the next year or two.

Schellman Elects Desai as New President

Avani Desai

Avani Desai

Tampa, Fla.-based Schellman & Company LLC has elected Avani Desai as President of the firm.

As President of Schellman, Desai, who is 37 years of age, is one of the youngest leaders of a major accounting firm, and one of the few female leaders.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead one of the most innovative companies in our space,” says Desai. “I look forward to partnering with our talented team in our pursuit of providing the highest quality professional services to our clients.”

Since joining Schellman in 2012, Desai has held key leadership roles, serving most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Desai will succeed Chris Schellman, who co-founded the company in 2002 and has served as its President since 2009. Schellman had planned to serve as President until the company became one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S.

“Avani is the most dynamic professional that I have ever worked with,” says Schellman. “Her charisma inspires our team and her knowledge garners the trust of everyone she encounters. She is, by far, the best person to shape the future of this company.”

In her new role, Desai will be tasked with further expanding Schellman’s market leadership in compliance and attestation services. Her previous experience leading distributed teams in business development, sales and client service delivery, as well as providing general oversight of operations, including marketing initiatives and service line expansion, position her to be a highly effective leader.

Desai’s promotion was effective on May 2, the 16th anniversary of the founding of the company. Chris Schellman will continue to serve as CEO and will also assume COO responsibilities.

Postlethwaite & Netterville Names Gardiner CEO

Dan Gardiner

Dan Gardiner

Baton Rouge, La.-based Postlethwaite & Netterville (FY17 net revenue of $58.3 million) named Dan Gardiner CEO and managing director, effective May 1.

Bill Balhoff has been our CEO for the past decade, during which time our firm has experienced tremendous growth. I’m very honored to serve as the fifth managing director of one of the top 100 accounting and consulting firms in the country, and am looking forward to building upon the strong foundation of quality client services that P&N offers,” says Gardiner.

Balhoff, who joined P&N in 1976, will remain in a leadership position within the firm.

Barnes Dennig Names New Managing Director

Jay Rammes

Jay Rammes

Cincinnati-based Barnes Dennig & Co. (FY16 net revenue of $19.1 million) named Jay Rammes as managing director, effective Sept. 1.

Rammes succeeds his mentor and co-worker of 24 years, Steve Hube, who will continue as a director with the firm serving clients through June 30, 2019.

“In this business you need to be both knowledgeable and committed to care about your clients, and Steve has created an incredible legacy doing just that,” says Rammes.

Rammes has five years of service on the firm’s executive committee and more than 10 years of leadership of the firm’s human resource committee.

“Jay understands how forward-thinking CPA firms need to embrace a culture of innovation to challenge the status quo daily,” says Hube.

Johnson Goff & Company Names Johnson as New MP

Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Johnson Goff & Company (FY16 net revenue of $3 million) of Scottsdale, Ariz., named Thomas Johnson as its new MP. Johnson succeeds Robert Johnson, founding member and MP since 1977.

Johnson has been a partner at the firm for 16 years and was a staff accountant at Johnson Goff & Company for 13 years prior to that. His areas of expertise include business tax planning, consulting and preparation as well as succession planning.

Johnson has played a part in the recent expansion of the firm which has doubled in both staff and client base within the last five years. He has also worked in expanding the firm into areas of both audit and research, and development tax credit studies.

PwC Canada Names Marcoux as New CEO

Nicolas Marcoux

Nicolas Marcoux

PwC Canada named Nicolas Marcoux as CEO, effective July 1. He will succeed Bill McFarland, who has served as CEO since 2011.

“I’m very honored to have been elected as CEO of PwC Canada. Our foundation is strong and we have endless opportunities to continue to build trust and help our clients solve important problems in today’s disruptive and evolving business environment,” says Marcoux.

Marcoux has served a wide range of clients and industries as a corporate finance partner and the lead relationship partner on many of the firm’s key clients. He is currently a member of the Canadian executive team as the national MP of consulting and deals, and is the Montreal MP.

“Nicolas is an exceptional leader who has the passion and vision to lead our clients and firm into the future. He has a track record of engaging and inspiring teams to seize opportunities and innovate, and is passionate about the success of our clients, people and communities,” says McFarland.

EisnerAmper CEO Discusses Economic Relationship with U.K. Secretary of State

Charles Weinstein

Charles Weinstein

Charles Weinstein, CEO of New York-based EisnerAmper (FY17 net revenue of $352.6 million), together with a group of business leaders, met with Liam Fox, U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade, to examine ways in which to strengthen the U.K. – U.S. economic relationship.

The roundtable discussion featured representatives from Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries and focused on issues such as talent mobility, capital formation, tariffs and trade.

“The roundtable discussion was the forum for an exchange of many great ideas with The Rt. Hon. Liam Fox MP and the other distinguished CEOs,” says Weinstein. “Our two nations clearly have a long, mutually beneficial commercial history. And it’s exciting that there are a host of 21st century opportunities ahead of us.”

Xero Names New CEO

Steve Vamos

Steve Vamos

Xero, a cloud accounting company, named Steve Vamos as its new global CEO. Previous CEO, Rod Drury, will remain with the company as a non-executive director.

“What Rod and Xero have accomplished is rare and remarkable,” says Vamos. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to lead Xero’s growth and development going forward. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Xero leadership team and we have a clearly communicated strategy, which we are committed to executing.”

Vamos has 30 years of experience including being the former head of Microsoft Australia. Prior to that, he served as managing director of Apple Computer Australia and New Zealand, and in various executive and professional roles at IBM between. Vamos also led the growth and development of an online media business in his role as CEO of Ninemsn, a joint venture between Microsoft and former Australian media company Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

“Succession planning has been high on the board’s agenda and with the business performing strongly, we believe the time is right to make the transition at CEO level,” says Xero chair Graham Smith.

“Xero has recently achieved a number of key milestones: We’ve achieved positive EBITDA and operating cash flows, consolidated our listing on the ASX and built an exceptional leadership team. It’s now the right time for me to pass the baton to Steve, who has the experience to significantly expand Xero internationally. Steve has demonstrated to the board and me that he has the skills and experience we need to execute Xero’s next phase of growth, while I contribute to strategy as a non-executive director with my passion for product innovation,” says Drury.

GranthamPoole Names New Managing Member

Robert Cunningham

Robert Cunningham

Ridgeland, Miss.-based GranthamPoole named Robert Cunningham managing member. He is a founding member of the firm. Cunningham succeeds Gregory Markow, who was managing member since 2013.

Cunningham specializes in manufacturing and distribution, retail, real estate, construction, higher education, non-profits and employee benefit plans.

GranthamPoole focuses on the industries of health care, nonprofit organizations, wholesale and retail, law firms, construction and real estate.