The firm is eyeing ex-big four accountants to support the division’s “remarkable” growth trajectory, according to CEO Steven Sakkas.
Moore snags audit director from Deloitte
Moore Australia (Victoria/Tasmania) has appointed a director from Deloitte to bolster its audit and assurance division after experiencing “remarkable” growth in the past 18 months.
Gery Bicos joined as a director in the firm’s Melbourne office effective February 1, bringing a decade of experience in big four auditing and knowledge of audit training facilitation, it said.
Mr Bicos said he was excited by the firm’s “high-performance culture” and would be looking to focus on opportunities in the technology sector.
“I was drawn to a firm that not only aligns closely with my personal values but was also part of a global and national network which is respected, connected and value-driven by maintaining a high level of quality service to clients,” he said.
Mr Bicos also had experience in the manufacturing, wholesale, education, retail, pharmaceutical, and not-for-profit sectors, Moore said. He was a formally trained facilitator of audit and accounting technical learning.
He started his accounting career at mid-tier firm William Buck in 2010 and he moved to Deloitte in 2014. During his time at Deloitte as a director, Moore said he demonstrated leadership in managing complex projects and presenting at boards and audit committees.
Moore (Victoria/Tasmania) CEO Steven Sakkas said: “I am thrilled to welcome Gery to our team; his addition will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success and growth of our firm.”
Mr Bicos’ appointment comes after the audit and assurance division recorded annual revenue growth of 20 per cent for two consecutive years, and brought its director count to five, he said.
Last month, Moore also promoted Aoife Bodkin to director 18 months after she joined the firm from PKF.
Mr Sakkas attributed the “remarkable expansion and growth” in audit and assurance to changing dynamics in the accounting industry.
There had also been an influx of opportunities from its acquisition of Geelong boutique ProAdvice in July, he said. “We're starting to see a number of new and strong audit and assurance opportunities in the agribusiness space.”
He said the firm would be continuing its expansion activities, eyeing more directors from the big four or “larger” mid-tiers to grow its firm-wide director count from 25 to 30 in the next six to eight months.
“We’re targeting specific directors out in the market, in different industries with different industry expertise that fit our culture and values, who have got the right growth mindset and can work in a team environment,” he said.
“There’s also a number of team members we’ve identified that will be promoted over the next 12 months.”