PrimeGlobal, one of the top 5 accounting associations globally, is pleased to announce Cornelius V. Kilbane of Raich Ende Malter & Co, LLP as its new World Board Chairman. 


Neal Kilbane has been serving on the PrimeGlobal North America and World Boards since 2011, and most recently as the Chair of the North America Board of Directors. He has over 30 years of experience in both public and private industry, working across many sectors both domestically and internationally. Neal is a Managing Partner of Raich Ende Malter’s New York City office and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), he is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and has served on the Committees of the Irish Repertory Theatre, Long Island Museum of Science and Technology, NYSSCPA’s Stock Brokerage Committee and several committees of the Association’s Nassau County chapter. 

This year, PrimeGlobal once again retained its ranking and achieved an impressive 18% growth in member firm fee revenue. The organization continues to prosper and grow in all of its’ 4 geographical regions, with this year’s increase following a year of 19% growth. The 907 PrimeGlobal firm offices worldwide cover greater geography than any other accounting association, while the year-on-year growth in member firm fee income shows better growth than that of any other top 3 associations or networks worldwide. 

Neal succeeded Timothy Davidson, whose term ended in May after two years of dedicated work as the PrimeGlobal World Chairman.

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“I am proud to welcome such an experienced industry professional as my successor. Neal brings extensive expertise in the industry both regionally and globally, as well as strong executive management and strategic thinking. He has made an enormous contribution to PrimeGlobal for many years and his insight and leadership are incredibly valuable to our organization, membership and management team.” Tim Davidson, PrimeGlobal Honorary Vice-Chair

Speaking on his appointment, Neal said: 

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“I am honored and excited to be elected Chair of PrimeGlobal World Board of Directors. Throughout my time on the PrimeGlobal Boards, I have admired the strength of PrimeGlobal members and leaders in supporting and promoting one another across 80 countries and 300 firms across the globe. I strongly endorse the common values shared through the organization and its consistent focus on giving leadership on key issues to its membership. I look forward to continuing to serve on PrimeGlobal Boards and to lead the World Board forward as it embarks on its new global strategy. “The World Board is also welcoming several new executives, bringing with them wide and varied experience in the profession as well as a fresh energy and perspective. I personally am looking forward to listening, working and engaging with their strategic contribution to secure the future direction of PrimeGlobal.” Cornelius V. Kilbane, PrimeGlobal World Chairman

As of June 1st 2018, the PrimeGlobal World Board consists of the following 14 members from all 4 PrimeGlobal regions:  


We would like to welcome the newly appointed World Board members Stephane Grand from Asia Pacific region, Edwin Vogel and Jean-Marie Vandergucht from EMEA region, Marcelo Santini from Latin America region and Russell Bauknight from North America region.


We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to World Board members finishing their term this June. Thank you to Tim Davidson who has served as the World Board Chairman since 2016 during two years of unprecedented association growth and strategic change. He has worked excessive hours as a PrimeGlobal volunteer handling the challenge of living in the southern hemisphere and often leading conference calls and meetings in the middle of the night. Tim has executed tactical board decisions with great professionalism and grace. PrimeGlobal is indebted to Tim and the sacrifices he has made on behalf of the association. Tim is a Director at member firm, Fortunity, in Erina, NSW, Australia.

We would also like to extend our thanks to the World Board members Juan Rivero from the Latin America Board, Greg Kniss from the North America Board, Florent Burtin and Peter Davies from the EMEA Board, and Tim Davidson from the Asia Pacific Board. We are grateful for many years of service and dedication these departing Board volunteers gave to PrimeGlobal and its members.