People in the news: PKF Littlejohn, Johnston Carmichael, RSM

Career news this week includes a chief digital officer at PKF Littlejohn, Johnston Carmichael gains a private client tax director and RSM appoints a financial reporting partner

Phil Broadbery has joined PKF Littlejohn as a partner in a new role of chief digital officer. Broadberry joins from PKF International, where he was chief information officer with a focus on the network’s digital and collaboration activities. Prior to that, he spent 15 years working in various IT, digital consultancy and project management roles. Broadberry will be responsible for the technology services that PKF Littlejohn provides for its clients, which include data analytics, cyber security and maximising investments in cloud technology. He will also become PKF Littlejohn’s International liaison partner with PKF International.

Max Chassels has joined Johnston Carmichael as private client tax director and is based at the firm’s Aberdeen office. He brings more than 12 years of experience gained at Big Four firms, and will provide personal tax advice to a range of individuals, partnerships and companies with a focus on transaction-based work. This includes advising shareholders and management teams on the tax implications of MBOs/MBIs/trade sales which often includes the design and implementation of share structures and share/option incentive plans – as well as buy-side tax advice to private equity funds and corporates on acquisition, consideration and earn-out mechanisms.

RSM has appointed Andy Ka as a financial reporting partner in Basingstoke. Ka joins the firm from Grant Thornton and is an experienced financial reporting and business adviser to middle market and large corporates, privately-owned businesses and private equity-backed groups. He is also a specialist in Sino-Anglo cross border business, helping UK companies looking to enter the Chinese market and supporting Chinese enterprises looking to enter the UK.

BKL has appointed David Simpson as international tax partner. Simpson comes to BKL with two decades of experience in senior tax roles at leading accountancy firms. His career has included Deloitte, BDO and EY. His focus at BKL will be working with growing owner-managed businesses. His expertise in international tax will support the increasing demand for this type of advice.

HURST has recruited James Hamilton and Fiona Wheeler as tax managers. Hamilton has joined HURST from Citibank in London, where he was a manager in its in-house tax department. Before joining Citibank he worked at Grant Thornton and spent time on secondment at global mining giant Anglo American. Wheeler previously headed the personal tax services and payroll team at Thompson Jones in Bury. Before joining Thompson Jones she was a tax senior then a private client manager at Booth Ainsworth in Stockport.

LeaseAccelerator has announced that IFRS 16 lease accounting expert John Kuett has joined the company as its new vice president, lease accounting EMEA. Kuett brings over 20 years of experience leading financial reporting, accounting and compliance for multinationals. Based in Switzerland,  Kuett was most recently the reporting specialist at Nestlé where he was responsible for the implementation and application of changes in the international financial reporting at group level. At Nestlé, Kuett established and updated the company’s internal and external financial reporting guidelines, as well as provided vital advice and support on how the guidelines applied to specific issues and transactions across the global businesses. Most recently, he led Nestlé’s early adoption of IFRS 16 on the company’s SAP platform using a full retrospective transition approach and then set up a leasing global centre of excellence in the firm’s shared services organisation. Prior to that,Kuett led the project team for IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Kuett is a leading industry IFRS expert, specialising in topics such as IFRS 15 Revenue, IAS 16 Property, Plant & Equipment, IFRS 16 Leases, IAS 36 Impairment of Assets, IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets, and IAS 38 Intangible Assets.

Jeffrey Van Hove has been appointed head of the tax treaty, transfer pricing and financial transactions division at the OECD. In his role as head of division, Van Hove will support the director of centre for tax policy and administration (CTPA) in delivering the strategic orientations of the secretary-general, in particular as they relate to the area of taxation, leading and providing strategic direction to the Directorate’s work on tax treaties, transfer pricing and financial transactions. In this capacity, he will play a key role in the ongoing work on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), including on the taxation of the digital economy. Since 2018, he has served as senior tax adviser in the tax treaty, transfer pricing and financial transactions division within CTPA. Prior to joining the OECD, Van Hove was director of global tax planning and reporting at Amazon. He has also served as the tax legislative counsel at the US Treasury Department where he worked for four years, and has been a partner at two law firms where his practice focused on tax matters.

Mobile-only bank Monzon’s co-founder, executive director and its chief financial officer (CFO), Gary Dolman, has announced his retirement. Late last year Dolman hired his successor, Alwyn Jones from Barclays, in preparation for his retirement. Dolman is a Big Four qualified accountant who has audited, consulted and worked for financial services firms since 1984 in London and Sydney. He previously held the role of CFO at Mizuho International and ABN Amro UK.

Report by Amy Austin

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