People in the news: KPMG, RSM, Grunberg & Co

Career news this week includes a new head of tax at KPMG as well as a promotion for a director to head of automotive, RSM appoints a private client partner in its legal firm and Grunberg & Co promotes a partner

KPMG has appointed Melissa Geiger as head of international tax. Geiger re-joins KPMG from GlaxoSmithKlinewhere she was global head of tax and responsible for setting, directing and delivering its international tax strategy. In 2008, she became KPMG’s youngest female equity partner. Geiger started her career with KPMG’s tax business school and also held positions with Standard Chartered Bank’s tax planning and structured finance division. KPMG has also appointed Justin Benson as head of automotive. Benson joined the firm in 2000 and is currently a director. Alongside leading the UK automotive team, he will also continue his role as Brexit lead for the firm’s industrial manufacturing practice. He succeeds John Leech who has led the UK automotive practice since 2011.

RSM has appointed Sophie St John as a private client partner in its client legal services practice. She joins RSM Legal from Barclays Wealth and Investment Management where she was lead counsel specialising in trust work. Prior to that she worked in the private client divisions of Speechly Bircham, Allen & Overy and Bircham Dyson Bell.

Grunberg & Co has promoted Alex Kossoff to partner. HE has been a manager at the firm since October 2011, having completed his training and early career with one of the UK’s top 50 accountancy practices. Since then he has worked within the firm’s audit and accounts team.

Paul Druckman, first chief executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), has been awarded honorary membership to ACCA. Druckman was appointed as IIRC’s chief executive at its inception in 2011. He was instrumental in the development and wider acceptance of integrated reporting and has overseen its adoption in 62 countries. This included the creation and introduction of the International Framework which was launched December 2013 and subsequently examined for the first time in the ACCA Qualification in December 2014.

Mark Hendrick has been appointed as director of credit services at Quantuma. He has previously worked at Opus Restructuring and RSM Tenon. Mark Lucas has also joined Quantama as a partner to launch a corporate finance service. He joins from Moore Stephens, where he was a partner, and has extensive experience advising clients in the Thames Valley and south of England.

Peter Swift, finance director at Peninsula business services, has won an award for best northern finance director of a limited company over £100m, as part of the Northern finance Director Awards. Other winners include Stephen Willis from the University of Hull for best northern finance director of a non for profit organisation and Thomas Staley of Sirius Minerals for young northern finance director of the year.

The International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) has reappointed Chris Austin as its chair for a one-year renewable term, commencing 1 January 2018. He will continue to lead the board’s work developing accountancy education standards and support materials and ensuring the current and next generations of professional accountants around the world are able to fulfill their roles supporting organisations and economies.

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