ACCA names Jenny Gu as president

ACCA has announced its new officer line-up at its annual general meeting, with Jenny Gu the first woman member from China elected as president

Gu will head the professional body which has more than 219,000 members and 527,000 students across 179 countries.

Originally from Shanghai, she qualified as an ACCA accountant in 1998 and has served on its global council since 2009.

Currently CEO at Richemont China, which owns many of the world’s leading luxury and fashion brands including Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Dunhill and Chloé, Gu has 25 years’ experience in management consultancy, working in multinational companies and private equity firms including Nike and TPG Capital.

Gu said: ‘I am looking forward immensely to serving as president of this wonderful organisation, which does such an incredible job in training skilled and dedicated financial professionals across the world.

‘I aim to make diversity and inclusion the main theme of my year in office. ACCA has a proud record of creating opportunity in our profession, and I am passionate about encouraging diversity, including ensuring that women have the chance to contribute at the highest levels of business and government.’

Gu will serve a year in office, succeeding ACCA’s outgoing president, Robert Stenhouse. She is joined by the new deputy president, Mark Millar from the UK, who is chief executive of St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. He has held a variety of finance roles in the NHS, and is also a non-executive director of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Millar’s successor as vice president is Orla Collins, from the Republic of Ireland, who is head of compliance with Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland. She joined ACCA in 1997 and has served on its global governing council since 2012. Collins is a leading advocate for higher ethical standards in business.

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