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Mid-tier network appoints CPA as South Australia CEO


A CPA has been appointed as the first chief executive of the South Australia member of an accounting network as it looks to build on its growing business.

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Bentleys South Australia has announced the appointment of Michelle Cox as its first-ever chief executive.

Ms Cox’s appointment coincides with the firm’s relocation to a new office space on Pirie Street in the Adelaide CBD, with a 12-year lease commitment to help facilitate the company’s growth.

Ms Cox is a fellow of CPA Australia and was previously the general manager of corporate services at West Beach Parks.

She was previously general manager for recruitment firm Hudson, and also worked for industrial relations specialist EMA Consulting as a general manager.

Ms Cox’s appointment follows the appointment of Tony Sacre, the former head of the Sydney Stock Exchange, as its new chief executive last year. Accountants Daily understands that all members of the Bentleys Network are separate legal entities and not in partnership, with Bentleys SA locally owned and operated.

Bentleys SA managing partner Michael Ruggiero welcomed Ms Cox’s appointment in the midst of the firm’s transformative period.

“Bentleys SA is continuously growing and evolving within the South Australian market, and we look forward to bringing Michelle on board during what is a transformative period for the firm,” Mr Ruggiero said.

“Michelle’s leadership will be instrumental in realising our goals as a business, and her experience in executive and general management, which she obtained across leadership roles in the professional services sector, is a huge asset to our firm.”

Bentleys SA, which celebrates its 40-year anniversary this year, recently expanded its capabilities, with a focus across the professional services space, introducing business advisory among its service lines.

“I’m very much looking forward to leading a dynamic and forward-thinking team like that of Bentleys SA,” Ms Cox said. 

“Our new fresh space will help us facilitate the growth that we anticipate over the next few years, allowing us to host more events for our clients and South Australian business owners.”

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Jotham Lian

Jotham Lian


Jotham Lian is the editor of Accountants Daily, the leading source of breaking news, analysis and insight for Australian accounting professionals.

Before joining the team in 2017, Jotham wrote for a range of national mastheads including the Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel NewsAsia.

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