Findex has announced 57 new partners, composed of external appointments and internal promotions in a move designed to significantly bolster its Australasian network and regional reach.
The firm added 46 new partners to its Australian business, with 11 appointments in New Zealand.
Internal promotions dominated the appointments, with 68 per cent of the new partners coming through the ranks.
Of its Australian appointments, close to a quarter of new partners were based in regional areas as Findex looks to target its expanding regional divisions, including Coffs Harbour, Toowoomba and Mildura.
Findex chief operating officer Tony Roussos said the new partner appointments came at a pivotal growth stage for the company.
“In all, we’ve added 57 new partners across our core advisory teams in what is the largest promotion of talent both internally and externally in our company’s history,” Mr Roussos said.
“In 2020, we want to get closer to our clients, and these appointments add to the depth and quality of our advisory ranks. Findex has expanded significantly this year across several divisions, and we have no doubt that our new partners will play a critical role in future growth.”
Among its key hires for the year include former Deloitte partner John Baillie as a senior partner with its corporate and international tax business, and former Grant Thornton managing partner Mark Azzopardi as managing partner of its tax advisory line.
Other key partner appointments include Naida Beltrame, formerly principal of Beltrame Consulting, appointed as partner for national R&D and tax leader; Tony Newham, former program manager with Tabcorp, as a partner in the mergers and acquisitions team; and Tony Krohn, formerly a consultant with Richmark, as a partner in corporate finance.
The firm, which has over 110 locations, has experienced expeditious growth over the past year with five Australian acquisitions, including tech start-up LendEx, as well as one New Zealand acquisition.
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