Advisory and accounting firm HLB Asia Pacific has appointed a new chair.
James Henderson will step into the role of chair, effective immediately. His appointment follows the retirement of Terry Blenkinsop as chair, who is partner with HLB Mann Judd Perth.
Mr Henderson will lead HLB Asia Pacific over the next three years, implementing HLB’s strategy and growth initiatives across the region. He was previously the managing partner of HLB Mann Judd Brisbane.
“James’ experience and expertise in leading the Brisbane firm will serve him well. The timing of the appointment is also significant in this post-COVID-19 world,” said HLB Mann Judd Australasian Association chairman Tony Fittler. “The ability for James to draw upon client and management experience, and share this knowledge at a regional level will be of benefit to the organisation.
“It’s a time where change is being forced upon us and we need to deal with that change in appropriate ways; James is the best person to lead HLB Asia Pacific through this period.”
Mr Henderson has been with HLB Mann Judd since 2005, and has spent most of that time advising international clients. He holds a bachelor of business and a masters of business (accounting and legal studies) from the Queensland University of Technology, and is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Taxation Institute of Australia.
“Over the past 15 years, our client base has really evolved and now attracts clients from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America,” Mr Henderson said. “Having extensive experience with [Asia-Pacific] clients in particular will provide me with a greater understanding of what’s happening in the region.
“The growing significance of the area globally as an economic hub is only going to intensify and become more relevant. HLB’s position there is important, and I’m looking forward to continuing its role in the global economy.”
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