Baker Tilly International Announces Changes to Leadership Team

17 Oct 2016

Paul Ginman to become Chief Quality Officer. Ben Lloyd appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Baker Tilly International today announced changes to its leadership team. The moves strengthen the network's Global Office team in London and further support the development and execution of its long-term strategic vision.

Paul Ginman, previously the network’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Technical Director, has taken on the new role of Chief Quality Officer (CQO) overseeing the expansion of the network's extensive quality assurance programme, developing and implementing Global Focus – the network's common audit methodology – and further enhancing the network's leadership role within the industry.

Ben Lloyd will assume the role of COO and will be responsible for all operational and financial elements of the business. Ben, who is currently the network's Regional Director for Asia Pacific and based in Melbourne, Australia, will relocate to London on 1 December 2016 and transition to his new role.

Speaking on the changes, Ted Verkade, President and CEO of the network, said: "The network has an ambitious growth strategy and we are operating in an extremely competitive environment.

"I, and the International Board of Directors, firmly believe that by creating a new leadership position that supports the continuous improvement and integration of quality practices across our network significantly enhances our ability to delivery long-term sustainable growth. Paul has been involved with the network since 1989. His extensive experience in designing and implementing quality control procedures, and his knowledge of the network and the wider profession, make him uniquely qualified for this role.

"I am also delighted to welcome Ben Lloyd to London in his new role. Ben has been working with our member firms in our Asia Pacific region for the last six years, implementing initiatives that drive sustainable growth. He has over 19 years' experience in the services industry, 12 of those being in professional services organisations.

"The vast experience of our leadership team is a great foundation from which we can continue to build our business."

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About Paul Ginman

Paul qualified with Touche Ross and worked in their research department for three years prior to moving to Casson Beckman, where he became Technical Partner in 1988. When Casson Beckman merged with Baker Tilly in 1997, he was involved in providing technical advisory services on audit and accounting issues, including the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards for UK listed companies.

He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales' working party on financial reporting for smaller companies and the task force on raising the audit threshold. He was also a member of the English Institute’s Technical Advisory Committee and a member of the Forum of Firms’ executive committee from 2001 to 2009 and again from 2015.

Within Baker Tilly International, he chaired the European Accounting and Auditing Committee from its formation in 1989 until 2009. He led the development of the audit framework manual as well as standards for referred work and a quality control programme, which is the basis for the Baker Tilly International Quality Assurance Programme.

As Chief Operating Officer for Baker Tilly International, Paul assisted the CEO in the development and implementation of the Baker Tilly International strategy. As Technical Director, Paul was responsible for the global quality assurance procedures throughout the network. He not only designed and implemented the processes, but also carried out a significant number of the reviews. He was also a focal point for questions on International Financial Reporting Standards from the network's independent members.

From 2014 to 2016 Paul chaired the working party which recommended the new global audit methodology for Baker Tilly International based on International Standards on Auditing.

About Ben Lloyd

As Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Ben was responsible for the development and execution of Baker Tilly International's regional strategic plan and those initiatives driving sustainable growth in the Asia Pacific region. Ben assisted the regional firms in internationalising their practices and actively fostering cross-border business through the implementation of the strategic plan and ongoing collaboration.

Ben’s experience includes international strategy, preparing business plans, organisational effectiveness assessments, market positioning strategy, change management and implementation of business excellence frameworks.

Ben travelled extensively through the region whilst working with stakeholders to realise the networks' vision and goals. Supporting the region's corporate governance structure, he often presented to staff and clients, promoting Baker Tilly International as the leading global professional services provider. With a commitment to regional learning and development, Ben established and led the region's successful Collaboration Summit, which draws over 100 partners and staff from across the region.

From 2012 Ben has chaired the network's China strategy group and is a co-chair of the global resources group. He is a member of the Baker Tilly Global Centre of Excellence taskforce in India and been an active participant in the network’s public sector and not-for-profit development in Asia Pacific. Ben has led the development of the region's business development strategy, including the establishment of a framework for marketing and communications. He has also led the drive for sub-regional collaboration, particularly in South Asia.

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