Never a dull moment...

I count myself lucky to have chosen a career where there is never a dull moment. My journey started in California in the US where I qualified as a professional accountant. However, I found the international side of the business fascinating and I soon found myself packing my bags for London to begin the next phase on my career journey at RSM International. After 15 years, I now call London home and I am the proud holder of a British passport.

As CEO of RSM International, with headquarters  in the heart of the City of London, I interact on a daily basis with my RSM colleagues from every corner of the globe. The members in Asia Pacific are the first stop over breakfast, during lunch I am conversing with our European neighbours and Middle Eastern and African firms. In the afternoon my attention turns to our members in North and Latin America. They say that variety is the spice of life, and working in international accountancy could not be more varied!

RSM International is a diverse and ever-changing organisation. I never know what challenges, activities, tasks and joys it will bring to my doorstep. It’s this excitement and intrigue that makes my journey, and that of all the partners and staff within RSM member firms, so rewarding. Our business and economic landscape is also changing. This week we proved as an industry that we can work together to benefit clients. Working closely with Jeremy Newman of BDO International, Patrick de Cambourg of Mazars and Ed Nausbaum of Grant Thornton International, we lent our voices of support  for the EU Commission's Greenpaper on 'Audit Policy: Lessons from the Crisis'. Please take a look at our joint statement. 'No change' is not an option, however uncomfortable it may be.


Jean M Stephens
Chief Executive Officer