Baker Tilly in South East Europe is pleased to announce that Mr Geoff Barnes has been appointed as the new Chairman of its Regional Council and as the new President of the Board of Directors of Baker Tilly Klitou and Partners Ltd.
Mr Barnes will also lead the Executive Committee responsible for the coordination and supervision of the Strategic Planning of Baker Tilly in South East Europe, bringing in all his experience and expertise. His knowledge and wisdom will be utilised in further expanding Baker Tilly in the Region of Southeast Europe and enhancing the range of services offered to its clients.
“The acceptance by Mr Barnes to lead Baker Tilly in South East Europe is not only an honour for the firm, that has managed to attract such a high calibre professional, but also for Cyprus and for all other four countries under the umbrella of Baker Tilly in South East Europe, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Greece,” a Baker Tilly’s press release informs.
Mr Barnes has been the CEO and President of Baker Tilly International for the past 16 years where under his leadership the network has grown its combined revenues from US$900m to US$3.8bn and its coverage from 59 countries to more than 140, with 165 member firms, 745 offices and a global workforce of 28.000.
Since qualifying with a “Big 5” firm in London, Mr Barnes has remained in the profession and has worked with a wide range of listed, multinational groups and entrepreneurial businesses across a whole range of business sectors. He was a Managing Partner of Casson Beckman, which merged with Baker Tilly in November 1997. He is currently Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a former member of the Council.
Last year, Mr Barnes was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by International Accounting Bulletin (IAB) where the judging panel praised Geoff’s charisma, dedication to the accounting profession and the instrumental role he has played in developing the Baker Tilly International network since becoming CEO in 2000.
This is a significant addition to the management team of Baker Tilly in South East Europe and is closely interrelated to the promise given to its people, its clients and the business community as a whole that, the firm’s management will continue to make every effort possible, in order to enhance its presence and services by investing at people of the highest calibre, for the firm to become even better in the years to come.
Baker Tilly International Named Network of the Year at the IAB Awards
The International Accounting Bulletin (IAB) named Baker Tilly International ‘Network of the Year’ at their 2016 annual award ceremony.
Commenting on the award, Mr Ted Verkade, CEO and President of Baker Tilly International, said “I am exceptionally proud that the network has been recognised by IAB for our outstanding growth, our innovation and commitment to delivering excellent client service, and for being the first network to obtain the ACCA Approved Employer status award in professional development.”
Mr Marios A. Klitou, CEO of Baker Tilly in South East Europe stated “Our goal is to continue offering our customers professional service of the highest standards. This award is a great achievement for us collectively as a network and a valuable independent endorsement of the successful growth strategy that all member firms of Baker Tilly International are guided by. “
The annual IAB Awards celebrate excellence in the accounting profession and bring together some of the most prominent people in the industry. The awards were judged by an independent panel and networks had to demonstrate the execution of profitable growth strategies during the past 12 months where they had to have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas. They also had to be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services.
Judges praised the network’s innovation in its implementation of Global Focus, the new audit methodology adopted by all member firms of Baker Tilly International, and on being the first network to have achieved the ACCA Approved Employer status award in professional development.