Russell Bedford International announces new CEO

April 2017

Russell Bedford International, the global network of independent accounting and business advisory firms, has announced the appointment of Stephen Hamlet as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Stephen joins Russell Bedford with a breadth of knowledge and experience in the industry, having spent the past ten years developing global accounting organisations, most recently as Chief Executive of IAPA and, prior to that, as Regional Executive Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for BKR International. Stephen replaces Alan Bezzant, who retires after four years in the role.

Commenting on his new appointment Stephen said: "Russell Bedford has established a strong reputation for quality and is a well-respected organisation within the international profession, ranking amongst the top 20 accounting networks. I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead Russell Bedford into the next phase of development. My particular focus will be on enhancing the network's brand, maximising membership benefits, and bringing new energy into the group to encourage the generation of increased business opportunities for our members."

Russell Bedford chairman Bill Rucci welcomed the appointment, commenting: "Stephen's experience will allow him to bring new ideas to our network, building on Alan's legacy and Russell Bedford's long history of successful development. We are excited to have Stephen join us and look forward to having him work with the Board to help Russell Bedford take further big steps forward as one of the leading mid-tier networks of professional services firms."

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