RSM has appointed Marion Hannon as its global leader for quality and risk.

With over two decades of experience, gained from senior roles at PwC, she will be replacing Bob Dohrer.

Hannon will be based in RSM’s global executive office in London, and will lead the technical team focusing on quality assurance, risk containment, ethics and independence for the network, including the provision of audit and assurance services.

Additional responsibilities for Hannon will involve overseeing all aspects of the global network’s policies, procedures, tools and processes aimed to maintain services by member firms.

At her previous role with PwC, Hannon led the adoption of new audit methodologies in Hong Kong, overhauled risk management processes in London and built teams with improved skills to embed lasting quality improvements.

Hannon said: “The global network is committed to the provision of the highest quality audit services around the world and has already got in place robust policies and procedures to achieve this. I am looking forward to working with the technical team and building upon what Bob achieved during his time at RSM.

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“More than ever before, audit is under the microscope. Regulators are calling for improvements in quality while technology is transforming the amount and speed of data available to auditors. I am excited to work with RSM’s member firms around the network to be at the forefront of these changes.”

RSM International’s CEO Jean Stephens commented: “Quite rightly, our clients expect the highest quality audit and assurance services and this has always been the foundation of our network. As we grow our services, our global footprint and our client base, we must ensure that we do not lose sight of this essential pillar of our network. I am delighted to have an expert of Marion’s calibre joining our team and leading our vision in this area.

“With our clients and member firms in mind, it is critical that RSM continues to contribute at the highest level with developments in our profession and help to steer the future path of our industry. With Marion’s passion and vision, I have every confidence we can do just that.”