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RSM Australia appoints 3 additional partners

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The firm said the appointments are in response to the increasingly complex environment and demands from clients.

By Josh Needs 9 minute read

RSM Australia has appointed three additional partners along with four principals and two associate directors across its diverse organisation. 

The firm said the appointments reflect the increased demand from clients, particularly in ESG, sustainability and cyber security risk. 

One of the appointed partners, Catherine Bell joins RSM Australia’s national ESG sustainability services based team in its Perth office after working at BDO for over five years, where she had extensive experience as a global sustainability adviser locally and overseas. 

The firm is also reacting to the increased demand for cyber security services from clients through the promotion of Riaan Bronkhorst to partner in its security and privacy services team along with the appointment of operational resilience practitioner Kaustubh Vazalwar as an associate director. 

Along with the growth in both cyber security and sustainability, RSM Australia said it has also seen increased demand across its tax services and is proud to promote Peter Xi to partner in the specialist research and development team in Sydney. 

RSM Australia said the three additional partners raises its total partnership number to 131. 

RSM chief executive partner Jamie O’Rourke said the appointments display the firm’s commitment to developing and evolving with the conditions around them.  

“The risks faced by businesses of all sizes are becoming more granular and complex,” said Mr O’Rourke.

“Governments, consumers, customers and investors are demanding more information, assurances and disclosures than ever before from companies and business suppliers.” 

“Whether it’s multinational tax reform at the ASX-listed company-level, meeting enhanced cyber security obligations if you’re a critical infrastructure owner, or implementing improved systems to protect customer data, no business can operate successfully today without the support of technical business specialists – the risk of not doing so is too great, for everyone.” 

With her expertise in sustainability, Ms Bell said is was a time for a “business unusual” approach due to the imperatives of energy transition and climate change.

“These megatrends are ensuing generational and transformational changes to the way we do business, the way we live and the way we work,” said Ms Bell. 

“Achieving sustainable businesses and livelihoods is going to require an all hands mentality, outside-the-box thinking and an understanding of working together quickly to help solve our collective challenges. It is no longer business as usual.” 

“The opportunities the new green economy offer is enormous, particularly as we accelerate the re-design of the economy towards sustainable production and consumption.”

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Josh Needs

Josh Needs

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Josh Needs is a journalist at Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, which are the leading sources of news, strategy, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Josh studied journalism at the University of NSW and previously wrote news, feature articles and video reviews for Unsealed 4x4, a specialist offroad motoring website. Since joining the Momentum Media Team in 2022, Josh has written for Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser.

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