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May 31, 2009

News Briefs

PEOPLE
KPMG appoints chief of information security

KPMG US has appointed Jim Routh as
chief information security officer to lead the firm’s information
technology service information security group. Routh will be
responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating the firm’s information
security efforts.

He has 20 years of experience in this
field and most recently worked as chief information security
officer at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation in New
York. Prior to that, Routh led the information technology function
for the institutional services and investment management businesses
at American Express Financial Advisors.

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Crowe Horwath concludes New York merger

Crowe Horwath has completed a merger
with New York City firm Hays & Company. The two firms signed an
agreement to combine in February. David Lifson and Ed Kuczmarski
will lead a team of six partners and 50 professionals at the new
Crowe New York City office.

“With this combination, we will be
better able to serve our East Coast clients as a national firm that
is globally recognised, and the Hays personnel will be able to draw
on our vast pool of resources to serve clients,” Crowe Horwath US
chief executive Chuck Allen said.

Hays & Company is a former member
of Moore Stephens International.

PEOPLE
Ruiz takes Deloitte Spain helm

Fernando Ruiz has officially taken on
his new role as head of Deloitte Spain following his election in
February.

Ruiz succeeds Carlos Gonzalez, who
will retire after nine years leading the firm and 24 years as a
partner.

Ruiz has 17 years of experience as a
partner and most recently led the firm’s financial services
offering. He has also held different positions at Deloitte Global,
including head of financial services in the Europe, Middle East and
Africa region.

MEMBERSHIP ADDITIONS
Ecovis expands in Bulgaria

Mid-tier network Ecovis has expanded
in Bulgaria, admitting a new partner firm in the capital Sofia.
Ecovis UBC Bulgaria is a consortium of companies with two partners,
Atina Mavridis and Albena Yaneva. It has 37 staff members and
offers accounting, legal, auditing and corporate advisory
services.

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