Resources nominates new Global Head of Finance & Accounting

12 December 2012

Resources Global Professionals has appointed Shauna Watson as Global Managing Director of its Finance & Accounting practice. Watson will be responsible for monitoring and analyzing the activities of accounting standard setters around the world and communicating their activities to clients and internal teams. Shauna Watson will also assist client service teams of Resources in their development of new client relationships.

Finance & accounting branche

The functional providing of services the advisory firm offers consists of five practices: next to Finance & Accounting, Human Capital, Information Management, Risk & Compliance and Supply chain are also delivered.


"We are delighted to have Shauna as part of our senior leadership team, "said Tony Cherbak, Chief Operating Officer of Resources. "Her background in client service, capital market transactions and technical accounting along with years of leadership experience make her a perfect choice to head and grow our Finance & Accounting practice".

Over the past 15 years Shauna Watson has built a wealth of knowledge in accounting rules such as US GAAP, IFRS, SEC and PCAOB. Previously she worked Air Lease Corp (Director of Finance and Accounting), Northrop Grumman (Corporate Director of Technical Accounting) and more than 10 years for accountants- and advisory firm PwC. Within her spell at PwC she worked amongst others for PwC's Global Capital Markets Group where she consulted on US GAAP and SEC regulations and worked closely with mergers and acquisition teams.

"I'm excited to be a part of the Resources family" Watson says. "The challenges presented to companies in today's economic and regulatory environment are immense and I look forward to helping our clients, and the firm, navigate these complex emerging issues". 


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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.