RSM UK announces the appointment of a new board, following its earlier announcement of the firm’s CEO, Rob Donaldson. Seven members of a new look board take up their roles alongside the CEO with immediate effect, including local partner Zoë Rudling.
The RSM Gatwick-based partner has been selected to represent a critical part of the firm’s shareholder interests. As a key part of the firm’s future direction and governance, Zoe will represent the interests of the most recently promoted and recruited partners at the firm.
As a homegrown talent with more than 15 years at RSM, and having been made partner four years ago, Donald- son commented that ‘Zoë has the insight and connections to help us shape our future leaders.’
Other new board members include Victoria Kirkhope in her capacity as HR and development director, with responsibility for people; David Punt as head of ethics and group compliance; Howard Freedman representing the interests of all past and present partners within the firm’s shareholding group; Simon Hart representing RSM’s international interests and Andrew Westbrook continues in his position as acting CFO. These important new appointments complete the overall selection of RSM’s board.
Rob Donaldson, CEO of RSM UK, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce my new board of directors. 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 offer 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 well- being of our people, providing insight and advice for our clients and protecting the business to realise our future opportunities. 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. We look forward to making further announcements in the coming days.
‘Looking to the future, as the first choice adviser to middle market leaders globally, our breadth of service and sector line capabilities, coupled with our unrivalled regional presence, make the prospect of leading this firm alongside my board colleagues a hugely exciting prospect.’
Zoë provides assurance and business advisory services to a wide range of owner-managed businesses, private equity backed businesses, large private groups and International groups. She has a broad range of experience in a number of sectors including recruitment, technology and transport and logistics; she has significant experience in the engineering and manufacturing sector and is involved in the firm’s national manufacturing focus group.