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Sajjad Akhtar is appointed as Chairman of PKF International

08 Apr 2013

sajjadPKF International Limited (PKFI) has appointed Sajjad Akhtar, managing partner of PKF-CAP LLP, Singapore and Chairman of the PKFI Asia-Pacific Board, as the new Chairman of PKF International. Sajjad succeeds Wolfgang Hofmann who stepped down in March 2013.

Sajjad is a chartered accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Prior to founding PKF-CAP LLP, Sajjad was a senior partner of Arthur Andersen in Singapore.

His appointment as Chairman of PKF International reaffirms PKFI's commitment to its member firms and their clients. Sajjad's focus will be on adding highly qualified independent member firms with world class skills to the already extensive and well regarded PKFI network.

Says Sajjad: 'A recent survey of our independent member firms and their clients  throughout all of our regions over the last six months has revealed an unshakeable loyalty to the network and a strong commitment to further strengthen the PKF brand. Member firms are fiercely proud of their independence within the network and the freedom and flexibility that this offers them to develop their own businesses within the global PKF family.

'PKFI has been approached by high quality firms in each of our regions seeking to align with the power of the PKF brand. Each of these potential member firms shares our commitment to strengthen and grow the PKF brand. We have made excellent progress to replace firms in the UK and Belgium and will soon be in a position to announce new member firms in both of these countries and in several other key regions around the globe.'

PKF International has also announced the appointment of John Sim as CEO. John, a Chartered Accountant (Scotland), spent ten years as the Regional Executive Partner for KPMG Asia Pacific with operational responsibility for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea and KPMG Regional Consulting. John also worked extensively in the US.

Commenting on his appointment, John Sim said: 'My first priority is to work with Sajjad to secure  new high calibre member firms in key countries around the world. Over the last few weeks, I have been extremely encouraged by the positive responses from firms who share PKFI's vision of a network that offers the combination of genuine independence and a powerful brand. Sajjad and I will work tirelessly to position PKF International for continued success.'

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