Marco Vermin, a member of the board of directors at Netherlands top ten firm Alfa Accountants, has taken the reins as DFK International vice-president of the EMEA region.

He officially took over from Anne Brady, Director at Ireland’s Crowleys DFK chartered accountants, at the annual DFK EMEA conference, which took place virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Vermin, who is a member of DFK’s executive board of directors, said he will be building on Brady’s work as well as actively promoting interaction between the partners and encouraging more international collaboration.

He said: “The purpose of my role will be creating and maintaining a strong and healthy community of like-minded, independent, future-orientated professional services organisations. The accountancy world has changed a lot over the years, and just doing compliance work is no longer enough for our clients.

“It’s so important to be future-orientated, so I will be encouraging firms within the DFK network to transform their businesses into proactive advisory firms, working on a much broader scale.

“Being part of DFK International gives all member firms the potential to be a great partner for every company that is willing to become a more international organisation. Covid-19 has seen DFK make fantastic efforts to move conferences and networking events online, and I intend to build on this further.

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Welcoming Vermin to the position, Brady said: “I am extremely pleased to see Marco take over as vice-president of EMEA. He is a fantastic person to step into the role. Marco dedicates a lot of time to people and is focused on relationship building, and that will be of great value to DFK.

“I’m very pleased with what I have achieved during my term as vice-president. One of my main focuses was supporting young professionals, and in addition to the EMEA Young Professionals Conference, we have also launched a structured training programme to help with their development.

“It was also fantastic to set up DFK’s International Women in Leadership (I-WIL) Executive Committee to promote diversity and encourage more females to progress in the profession, and I will continue to act as chair of the committee after stepping down as vice-president.

In July, Martin Sharp, CEO of DFK International spoke to International Accounting Bulletin about the organisation’s disaster response initiatives, virtual on-boarding of new members and facilitating lead generation between member firms through Covid-19 lockdown.