United States

RSM announces new board chairman and newly elected members



RSM US LLP (RSM) — the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market — recently named National Tax Consulting Leader E.J. Nedder chair of the RSM US LLP Board of Directors for a one-year term, replacing Bob Jacobson, whose term expired Nov. 30, 2017. Additional new board members include Frank Le Bihan, international services office principal, and Joyce Reto, Atlanta office managing partner. Each of the new board members were elected to four-year terms. All board terms are effective Dec. 1, 2017.

“Our firm has benefitted from Bob’s strong leadership as RSM board chair this past year. The guidance that he and other board members provided to our leadership team helped our firm achieve excellent financial results and take our vision to be the global first-choice advisor to middle market leaders to a new level," said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO for RSM. "Our firm remains committed to our strategic vision and we welcome the leadership that E.J. will bring to his role as incoming chair and the diverse perspectives that Frank as a leader in our international services office and Joyce as a local market leader will also bring to the board as we continue to advance our global brand and strategy."

As incoming board chair, Nedder intends to lead the board in the effective execution of its responsibilities and increase its focus on RSM’s technology and innovation strategies to ensure the firm achieves short-term business objectives and long-term strategic goals.

“The business world is changing rapidly and our clients are looking to us for guidance on a wide range of issues. Technology and innovation go hand in hand, and we need to help our clients think differently if we aspire to be sought out as the first-choice advisor to middle market leaders here in the U.S. and globally,” said Nedder. “As board chair, I feel honored and privileged to be in this position, and I appreciate that my partners and fellow board members have entrusted me with this responsibility.”

E.J. Nedder is RSM’s national tax consulting leader based in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been a partner with RSM for 14 years and has more than 20 years of experience working with a variety of clients, including specialization with private equity and ultra-high net worth clients for the past 11 years. As a practice leader at the local, regional and national levels, Nedder is well-versed in people, client and practice development issues. Prior to entering public accounting, Nedder completed clerkships with the Surrogates Court in New York and the Appellate Tax Board in Massachusetts. He is a licensed attorney and CPA in New York and CT. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from New England Law School and Bachelor of Science degree in management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.

Frank Le Bihan heads up the RSM US LLP International Services Office (ISO) and manages our Foreign Desks. He oversees the delivery of the firm's global client experience and provides expertise in scoping, staffing and setting up global professional services engagements. He drives the growth of our global client base, including working with foreign investors in the U.S. A native of France, he has more than 20 years of experience working with U.S., Canadian and European companies on international strategic planning, cross-border expansion, and global compliance and financial reporting. He is a member of SAE International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and sits on the steering committee of the AICPA's Global Manufacturing Conference. He regularly speaks in the U.S., Europe and Asia on topics related to managing international operations, global financial reporting, U.S. companies doing business overseas, and foreign companies operating in the U.S. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas and his DESCAF (French equivalent to an MBA) from the Clermont Graduate School of Business (Sup de Co Clermont) in France. In 2004, he completed the two-year RSM Business Advisor Program at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

Joyce Reto is the Atlanta office managing partner (OMP) and an audit partner who focuses on audit engagements primarily for clients in the retail and consumer products industries. She has 26 years of public accounting experience with RSM and other firms serving public, private equity-owned and privately held companies. She brings extensive experience serving grocery chains, food distribution companies and other retailers along with companies in the consumer products industry. She was also the CFO of a multi-billion dollar privately held grocery chain in the Southeast from 2013 to 2016. She is a certified public accountant and has been involved in NAW, FMI, NACD, AICPA, NCCPAs, ACG and FEI. She is a member of the RSM National Retail & Consumer Products Team, a former board treasurer of Komen Charlotte and United Family Services, and has been honored with the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business award, Athena Women’s Award, and Charlotte’s 40 Under 40 Business Award. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University.

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

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