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 technological 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.”
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.