RSM appoints Marc Mazzucco and Akhlaq Ahmed as Partner in UK

26 January 2017

RSM has appointed Marc Mazzucco and Akhlaq Ahmed as Partner. Mazzucco joins the firm's Glasgow office, he will focus on supporting the firm's large portfolio clients with strategic advice; Ahmed joins the firm's Forensic practice in London.

Marc Mazzucco joined PwC in 1989, where he rose to the role of Director in the firm’s Assurance practice, before, in 2004, moving to the firm’s management consulting practice, where he too worked as a Director. In 2009 he became PwC UK’s Leader of Sports events budgets, and in 2014 he became the Charity Consulting lead.

Mazzucco holds a Bachelor of Science in Immunology from the University of Glasgow. He is a CPFA in Accounting from the The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Mazzucco joins RSM as a Partner. In his new role, to which he brings more than 30 years of experience, he is tasked with providing the firm’s large portfolio of clients with strategic advice, with the aim of driving the future growth of RSM’s Scottish risk assurance and consulting services. He is based in the firm’s Glasgow office.

Robert Ross, Scottish Managing Partner and UK Head of Consulting at RSM, says, “It’s fantastic to have Marc onboard at RSM. He is a prominent risk, assurance and consulting professional in the market and his appointment reinforces our ongoing investment and growth plans for RSM in Scotland.”

Marc Mazzucco and Akhlaq Ahmed

Marc Mazzucco comments on his appointment, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining RSM. It’s an exciting role and I’m looking forward to drawing on my experience to grow our risk advisory and consulting offering, and to support a growing portfolio of clients in Scotland.”

Prior to joining RSM, Akhlaq Ahmed worked at KPMG as its Head of Forensic in the South of England for two years. He previously worked at Big Four firm EY for nine years, most recently as a Forensic Accountant.

Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and a Master of Science in Management Science and Operational Research from the University of Warwick - Warwick Business School. He is a FCA holder from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

RSM has named Ahmed as a Partner in the firm’s Forensic practice, in its London office. He is responsible for global investigations into contract non-performance, and advising clients on contract breakdown resolution.

Andrew Conti, the Head of RSM’s Forensic practice in the UK, says, “Akhlaq’s appointment strengthens and deepens our forensic offering and demonstrates RSM’s continued commitment to meeting our clients’ fraud risk management and investigation needs. Akhlaq is well respected within his field and will play a key role in assisting law firm and corporate clients requiring specialist forensic investigation support.”


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.