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RSM appoints seven members to new board of directors

RSM UK has announced the appointment of a new board, with seven members taking up their roles alongside the CEO with immediate effect.

The news comes as RSM announced the appointment of Rob Donaldson as its new CEO earlier this week.

Kevin O’Connor has been appointed as executive chairman, bringing more than 30 years’ experience and 20 years as a senior partner with RSM, most recently as the firm’s national head of tax and regional managing partner for its North East and Yorkshire region. 

Victoria Kirkhope has also been appointed to the board in her capacity as HR and development director, with responsibility for people, whilst David Punt takes up a new board position as head of ethics and group compliance.

Howard Freedman is to represent the interests of all past and present partners within the firm’s shareholding group, whilst Zoë Rudling has been selected to represent the interests of the most recently promoted and recruited partners.  

Simon Hart has been appointed to represent RSM’s international interests to “lead, strengthen and expand” the firm’s global ambitions. Hart’s most recent roles as Brexit partner and head of knowledge management have involved spearheading a series of cross-border initiatives with an emphasis on pan-European, US and wider transatlantic relations.

Andrew Westbrook, whilst moving onto the board, continues his position as acting chief financial officer (CFO).

Rob Donaldson, CEO said he is “delighted” to announce RSM’s new board of directors.

He said: These important roles, and the talented individuals I have chosen to come with me on this exciting new journey, represent the basis upon which RSM will continue to grow and flourish as a successful business. I believe this combined group offers the wealth of experience and diversity of thought to take advantage of the many opportunities that lie ahead.

“Navigating the business through the current market conditions remains our absolute priority, supporting the wellbeing of our people, providing insight and advice for our clients and protecting the business to realise our future opportunities.”

He added: “For this reason, we are moving quickly to appoint these key roles that will be important to ensure swift and effective progress for our people, our clients and the communities in which we operate. We will now turn our attention to the wider senior leadership team, the regional teams, and the service lines and sectors that they serve.”

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