In January 2006, Ms Jean Stephens became Chief Executive Officer of RSM International after joining the network in 1996. RSM is a top ten global network of independent professional services firms with members in 116 countries and over 41,000 staff.
As CEO, Ms Stephens’ responsibilities are the implementation of organisational strategies for the growth and development of the network. In the last ten years, RSM has grown by 120% through acquisition and organic growth. Jean currently spends over 70% of her time on international business trips in countries around the world.
In 2007, Ms Stephens established the RSM Academy. This highly-rated international leadership programme develops the international skills of RSM's future leaders, with emphasis on cultural issues, international issues facing clients, the team approach to serving clients at the highest level, and using a foundation of quality as the base for successful and sustainable growth.
Ms Stephens is passionate about encouraging the use of cultural differences for the benefit of international development. She is also interested in using her international experiences to promote the development of our young professionals, both men and women.
Jean has previously appeared on both TV and radio broadcasts including CNBC and BBC Radio 4.
Ms Stephens has held leadership positions in a variety of organisations including the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, United Way, YWCA and the Inland Empire Symphony.
Ms Stephens has received the Athena Award for Outstanding Business Woman - San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and is also a recipient of the California State University Alumni of the Year Award. In May 2009, Ms Stephens received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from her Alma Mater, University of Redlands, in recognition of her international career with RSM.
Ms Stephens is a member of the AICPA.
Ms Stephens has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Finance. She qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1984.