Nigel Bostock takes the helm at Crowe Clark Whitehill

14 September 2017 3 min. read
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Crowe Clark Whitehill have named Nigel Bostock, a servant of the firm for some 27 years, as their new CEO. Bostock, who joined as a graduate trainee, takes the top job with a view to evolve the firm to meet changing clients demands amid a shifting technological and regulatory landscape.

Nigel Bostock will take on the role of Chief Executive Officer after four years as Managing Partner of Crowe Clark Whitehill’s London office. A Corporate Business and Professional Practices Audit Partner since 2005, Bostock celebrates the commencement of his 27th year with the firm this Autumn, having completed the fabled journey to the top of a firm having joined as a graduate trainee in 1991. Over the course of his career, the one-firm-man has come to specialise in the audit of corporates and LLPs. He has advised a wide range of large, private and SME clients across a range of industry sectors operating both within the UK and internationally.

During his lengthy spell with the consulting firm, during which he also became a member of the Executive team, Bostock has seen many changes. Crowe have grown significantly to become a member of Crowe Horwath, the eighth largest global accountancy network in the world. In the meantime, the firm has also developed a position as a recognised leader in the UK for audit, tax and advisory services across five areas of focus: corporate business, non-profits, pension funds, professional practices and private clients.

Nigel Bostock - CEO - Crowe Clark Whitehill

Bostock steps into the shoes of David Mellor, the former CEO, who vacated the role as of September 1st. Mellor is expected to continue providing input, support and counsel to ensure a smooth transition, before completing his planned retirement in March 2018. The pair had worked alongside one another for the past 11 years, with the newly promoted Bostock keen to pay tribute to his long-time colleague.

“I would like to thank David for his exceptional leadership and contribution to Crowe. It has been a pleasure to work with him over the last 11 years and to see his dedication to the firm first hand. He is a widely respected and talented partner and he has been a great ambassador both for us and our profession,” he said.

Commenting on how he feels the firm needs to progress following his ascension to the top job, the new CEO concluded, “As a firm we remain committed to delivering the highest quality services to clients and will continue to build on the strong market presence that we have today. We anticipate the changing needs of our clients and the markets in which we operate – local, national and international – in order to develop and maintain long-term relationships with those we advise. We will continually evaluate the impact of regulatory, technological, economic and political change to shape our business for the future.”

Bostock steps into the position at a time when CEOs are living through a period of sustained uncertainty. While most in the role are said to be generally upbeat, in spite of precarious global geo-political conditions, CEOs have seen their life-cycle clipped over the recent era to around 5 years – as increasingly anxious shareholders, coupled with increased accountability in the internet age, mean those in the highest echelons of Executive teams are under the greatest scrutiny seen in decades.