PrimeGlobal EMEA Board Announces New Board Members

PrimeGlobal News
May 13, 2018


At the recent EMEA Board meeting on May 3rd in Amsterdam five new Board members were selected as part of the EMEA Board succession planning. Please join us in welcoming Daryush Farshchi from Simmons Gainsford (UK), Marion Thormeyer from Taxon (Germany), Arnaud Ruff from Ruff & Accociés (France), François Jégard from Léo Jégard et Associés (France) and Peter Griffiths from Griffiths & Associates (Malta). PrimeGlobal management and leadership team is very excited to work alongside such an influential and knowledgeable Board from a wide range of firms and we are delighted to welcome our new generation of leaders to the EMEA Board. Below you can find out more about each of the new EMEA Board members.

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Arnaud Ruff from Ruff & Associés based in Nice, South of France  is a Chartered Accountant and Partner since 2015. Throughout his career, Arnaud has developed a specialized expertise in the fields of international taxation, real estate, hotels, services and viticulture sectors to work with foreign businesses operating in the French Riviera. His international experience led him to become the Head of Foreign & Real Estate Investors Department of Ruff & Associés.

Arnaud Ruff stated: “I am really excited to join the EMEA Board; indeed, I’d be delighted to be part of Primeglobal and to put my creative mind at the service of such a great organization.” 

Arnaud also had the privilege to become the President of the Nice Young Leaders Center (CJD) for 2 years, the goal of the organization is to help young directors/managers from various industries sustain their businesses in the long term given the great changes in our society.

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Peter Griffiths currently serves as the Managing and Tax Director at Griffiths + Associates, a financial services firm licensed in Malta. He has been involved in the audit of a number of small to medium sized companies and group of companies, together with being involved in offering company formation and tax advisory services to a number of international companies. He has also advised on a series of international tax structures involving companies, trusts, foundations and foreign expatriates relocating to or from Malta, and has also provided tax and estate planning advice to High Net Worth Individuals. Peter has been appointed by the European Commission (“EC”), on behalf of Griffiths + Associates, to lead the audit of a number of local 6th Framework RTD, ECHO & DG Contract Audits and to report back to the Commission on these audit findings. He is a tax adviser to various local and international groups of companies, and  licensed to act as an administrator of Private Foundations by the Malta Financial Services Authority. He has set up and advised on various international cross-border structures, including analyzing and advising on the taxation and estate planning implications. He was also involved in various mergers and corporate divisions in Malta, and also specialises in VAT leasing structures for superyachts and other privately-owned vessels. 

Peter is a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, Malta Institute of Taxation, and also a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, Confederation Fiscale Europeen, and the International Tax Planning Association.

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Daryush Farshchi from Simmons Gainsford (UK) says: "I am very pleased to have been elected and to be representing the UKI sub-region of the PrimeGlobal EMEA Board. I am a Partner at Simmons Gainsford LLP and I have been with the firm since 2003 when I joined as a graduate from the Oxford University. My client portfolio covers many sectors, but with a specific focus on privately owned businesses run by entrepreneurs, with interests in the UK and aboard. I pay particular interest in working with my clients to understand their drive and ambitions, so to fully assist in achieving their aspirations.

As a firm and with my own clients, we see the need for international advice and support grow daily. How service is delivered and presented has already developed significantly since I started my career in 2003. When I entered the world of business the idea of writing emails on a computer the size of my hand which was also my wallet, the internet, a boarding pass, and which would allow me to connect with anyone, anytime and anywhere was far beyond anything most of us could have imagined. This is just a snapshot of our evolving personal world.

The business world changes too, and at an ever increasing pace. At PG we need to ensure we embrace these changes and continue to work dynamically to enable us to remain an asset for our clients. I have been fortunate enough to see great change already in my career and I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t significant change happening. My experience of enabling Simmons Gainsford to adapt to these events puts me in good stead to help PG navigate through the inevitable future changes as it evolves over the coming years. 

To me, the key to success is being able to react and indeed be proactive to flex in the market and the world we find ourselves in. We need to ensure PG continues to work in this way to keep up, if not stay ahead of the game. I am looking forward to working more closely with the EMEA Board and to help them to navigate the challenges that the Association will have going forward."

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After graduating in business administration at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and experience at the BIG FOUR, Marion Thormeyer began her business career at TAXON GmbH in 2001. In 2008 she passed the tax consultant examination as well as the chartered accountants examination in 2015. Since 2017 she has been a partner at TAXON GmbH. Furthermore Marion has been appointed to the Board of DEUTRAG AG, a subsidiary of TAXON, in 2017. She specializes in providing accountancy and taxation advice as well as audit to production industries, automotive industries, public sector, start-ups and service providers. Marion gained knowledge auditing financial statements, international tax consulting and VAT, especially to corporate groups, medium-sized companies and start-ups. Over and above that she is responsible for the quality control and compliance at TAXON.

Marion Thormeyer said on her appointment to the EMEA Board: "As an experienced and enthusiastic volleyball player, I have come to appreciate the value of teamwork. Each member of the team is responsible for his or her own position but must also remain flexible for the good of the team. Victory begins with defence and ends with attack. A good team is one in which each team member knows what the others are doing. Only through close cooperation is it possible for any team to win. This is applicable not only in the world of sports but also in business. In order to meet the future challenges in our industry, it is imperative that we work together towards achieving our common goals. In my new role as a Board member I look forward to being part of that team which will meet those challenges head on. It is important to develop new strategies together, in order to increase the success and cooperation of all PrimeGlobal members."

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François Jégard is the President of a French firm Léo Jégard et Associés. With a wide ranging and deep knowledge of the accounting industry his expertise will be welcomed as a new member of the EMEA Board. Léo Jégard et Associés have been a member of PrimeGlobal since 1980 and are a firm who understand how to work and share knowledge with other PrimeGlobal firms having been with the association for almost 40 years. Now with the firm's president François Jégard being appointed to the EMEA Board we look forward to seeing their passion and expertise for the Association be extended throughout the EMEA region. 

Francois Jégard is a chartered accountant and auditor who has been strongly involved in a number of different organisations and whose expertise covers varying interests within the accounting industry. François Jégard is an expert in sponsorship and philanthropy as well as holding a passion for blockchain technologies and disruptive innovations. He is the Chairman of the "CSR and Innovations" commission of IFEC (Corporate Social Responsibility) as well as the Founder of Compta-Sol, an accounting activity hiring accountants with disabilities. 

Aage Brink Thomsen continues as the EMEA Chairman for the second two-year term. Having worked exceptionally well together for over two years, Aage and Thierry are pleased with the recent developments and growth in the EMEA region. This successful collaboration between the EMEA Chairman and CRO has brought several significant improvements in the past two years, including remarkable growth, new quality criteria and increased conference attendance. These are just some examples of results achieved due to the team work driven by the strong EMEA Board and Management Committee and a partnership between Aage and Thierry. Both Aage and Thierry look forward to continuing to grow the EMEA region in the future. Please contact Thierry or Aage with any further questions.

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