Shake up at networks as Robbins takes over at Kreston International

Liza Robbins has been appointed to succeed Jon Lisby as CEO of global accounting network, Kreston International with effect from 1 August

Robbins joins Kreston after nine years as CEO of top 10 global association Morison KSi where she was 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.’

This follows the announcement in January this year that CEO Jon Lisby planned to retire due to health reasons which now prevent international travel.

Lisby has been CEO of the global network since 2006 and over that time it has grown from representation in 70 countries to over 110, and fee income has risen from $1.1bn (£800m) to $2.4bn (£1.74bn).

Jon Lisby, Kreston CEO said: ‘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. She 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. Liza is accustomed to working at Board level and I really am looking forward to supporting her during the period leading up to my retirement.’ ’

Kirby said: ‘I have followed and admired Kreston International for many years so I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the network as CEO. Kreston is a world class organisation that thrives by skilfully and uniquely combining deep personal relationships with superior global expertise.’

Founded in 1971 and currently the 12th largest global accounting network, Kreston has 200 member firms in over 125 countries.

Morison KSI told Accountancy that they were currently looking for a replacement and expect to make an announcement before Robbins leaves the network in July.

Report by Sara White


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