New head of Adelaide for Ernst & Young
Friday, 23 December 2011 — Ernst & Young today announced Chris Sharpley as the new Office Managing Partner for Adelaide, effective 1 February 2012.
Chris’s appointment follows Mark Butcher’s decision to retire from the firm to take up a number of non-executive positions and focus on other business interests. Mark will remain with the firm until April 2012 and work closely with Chris as he transitions to his new role.
Commenting on Chris’ appointment, Oceania CEO and Managing Partner Rob McLeod said he was pleased to have Chris accept the role of Adelaide Office Managing Partner.
A long term South Australian resident, Chris returned last year from two years in the United Kingdom where he was head of the Ernst & Young’s Tax practice in the Midlands and South West. Most recently Chris was leading Adelaide’s Tax practice with more than 30 years providing tax services across Australia and overseas.
“Chris is ideally qualified to build on the strong foundation Mark has established leading Ernst & Young in Adelaide over the past five years. Armed with valuable recent international experience during the global financial crisis and now returning to his home city, we anticipate Chris will do an outstanding job of leading our practice in Adelaide.
“I also want to acknowledge Mark’s significant contribution to firm as well as the Adelaide office and transactions practice since joining the firm in 2006. Through his dedication, professionalism and energy he has helped build the practice in key areas such as government, corporate finance and advisory, as well as remaining the market leader in audit services.
“We thank him for his contribution and wish him well in his new career,” Mr McLeod said.
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