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Big 4 partners, directors jump ship as mid-tier demand surges


Partners and directors from EY and Deloitte have moved to BDO and RSM in a flurry of recent appointment activity.

By Christine Chen 10 minute read

BDO has added three partners from EY and Deloitte while RSM has appointed an EY director as partner to meet surging demand from the middle market.

EY partner Paul Tuckey, director Vijyata Kirpalani and Deloitte partner Rajnil Kumar have joined BDO and Michael George has joined RSM from EY.

Kumar and Kirpalani were named as audit and assurance partners in BDO Sydney’s office due to increasing demand for the division, according to NSW managing partner Grant Saxon.

“[Their] appointment speaks to the demand we’re experiencing in the market for high-quality audit and assurance engagements, across a number of sectors,” he said.

“Both Raj and Vijyata bring deep experience to the firm and will enhance our service offering within the consumer business, technology, and health sectors.”

BDO said Kumar had over two decades years of audit experience, joining the firm after spending 14 years at Deloitte, most recently as partner since 2018. Before Deloitte, he spent seven years at PwC.

Kumar specialised in auditing private and ASX-listed companies and cross-border clients, with a focus on consumer business and technology sectors.

“He is a pragmatic and hands-on leader who is highly skilled in delivering external audits and internal control assessments, facilitating his clients’ regulatory compliance, and enhancing their financial reporting and overall governance,” BDO said.

Kirpalani worked at EY since 2017 with experience auditing large agencies and state-owned corporations within government sectors such as utilities, universities, Treasury and the health department.

BDO’s Brisbane office has also added EY associate partner Paul Tuckey, joining as a project and infrastructure advisory partner. It follows the appointment of partner John Burger, also from EY, to the practice group’s Perth team in March.

Tuckey worked at EY for 10 years, advising on major projects for private and government clients.

His background also included working with organisations in the UK and the Middle East, the firm said. According to Tuckey’s LinkedIn profile, he worked for two years at The Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD), a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company.

Meanwhile, RSM’s Adelaide office has appointed assurance and advisory partner Michael George.

George joined after over a decade at EY, where he was most recently a director responsible for managing debt and equity financing for local and international clients.

RSM chief Jamie O’Rourke said the appointment, which brought RSM’s total partner count to 139, was another sign of the firm’s growth.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to our growing team in South Australia and nationally,” he said.

“Our staff numbers continue to rise nationally, a testament to our position as a leading professional services firm and as an employer of choice.”

It comes after the firm appointed three partners, including one PwC director, and three principals at the start of the year.

It also made a raft of appointments including five directors, two associate directors and an economist to hit its FY24 headcount target of 1,750 in November.

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Christine Chen

Christine Chen


Christine Chen is a graduate journalist at Accountants Daily and Accounting Times, the leading sources of news, insight, and educational content for professionals in the accounting sector.

Previously, Christine has written for City Hub, the South Sydney Herald and Honi Soit. She has also produced online content for LegalVision and completed internships at EY and Deloitte.

Christine has a commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and is studying a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Sydney. 

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