HLB International (HLBI) has
revealed Rob Tautges has taken over as chief executive from Peter
Frost.

Tautges’ role will focus on driving HLB’s
global presence and developing the network’s HLB International - Rob Tautgestechnological systems for member firms.

“I relish the opportunity of playing my part
in continuing HLBI’s strong development and helping take the
network forward in these challenging times with a range of exciting
new initiatives and plans,” Tautges said.

“HLBI has talented leaders throughout the
network whose member firms provide both safe hands and cutting-edge
planning and specialty services designed solely to contribute to
the success of each firm’s valued clients.

“We offer significant advantages to members,
helping them grow and develop their offering, as well as supporting
partner training and development.”

Three-pronged strategy

Tautges will focus on three primary
strategies: engaging with members, building services and referrals
and increasing the network’s global footprint.

The network will further develop its intranet
and better utilise technology to improve member firm
connectivity.

HLB International also plans to provide a
platform for firms to leverage specialties, such as industry
focused expertise.

Tautges, previously chairman of HLBI, was a
senior partner at Minnesota-based firm HLB Tautges Redpath from
1995 to 2009 and played a key role in helping the firm achieve
strong growth during this period.

Tautges was the driving force behind a number
of strategies, including partner sabbaticals, emerging leaders’
development and implementing paperless systems.

Peter Frost is leaving HLBI after 25 years of
service.

“I am confident that Rob will successfully
take HLBI forward in a fast-evolving environment as accountancy
firms around the world face increasing regulation, M&A and
cross-border transaction work. This is where our global reach
really stands out,” Frost commented.

Formed in 1969, HLB International reported
global fee income of $1.77 billion in the year to 30 November 2009.
The network has 15,676 staff based in 447 offices in more than 100
countries. HLBI is the 12th-largest accounting network in the
world.