EY veteran Khurram Mian appointed Big Four firm's assurance leader for MENA

27 July 2018 Consultancy-me.com 2 min. read
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Big Four professional services firm EY has appointed 20-year company veteran Khurram Mian as its new Assurance Leader for the Middle East and North Africa.

An EY partner since 2004, and a previous Assurance Leader for the global tax, assurance and advisory firm’s Dubai and Jeddah branches, Mian will now head up a team of over 2,400 assurance professionals in the region as the firm’s new Managing Partner – Assurance Leader, Middle East and North Africa.

Consisting of three practices – Audit, Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) and Forensic & Integrity Services – the MENA Assurance unit operates from 17 offices in 13 countries across the region, with the firm boasting of a current overall headcount of 6,000 and local presence since 1923.

Mian will take up the top post after most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the MENA assurance practice, a role he has held since 2015 following consecutive stints as the Jeddah and then Dubai assurance leader dating back to 2009. Altogether, Mian is noted as having over 20 years of experience at the firm.EY veteran Khurram Mian appointed Big Four firm's assurance leader for MENA“Khurram’s experience across our key markets, client service acumen and passion for quality and innovation will be critical to realize our strategic growth objectives and maintain our leadership in the MENA region,” Abdulaziz Al Sowailim, EY MENA Chairman and CEO said of Mian’s appointment, further noting the changing business landscape.

“As organisations evolve into data-driven digital enterprises, we too are embracing innovation and integrating technology into our audit practice to respond to the evolving needs of business, regulators and investors,” Al Sowailim added, with Mian taking up the thread.

“I am extremely excited and proud to be leading assurance services during a time when innovation and technologies are disrupting conventional professions and creating new challenges for both businesses and their auditors,” Mian said of his new role.

He concludes: “Maintaining our leadership in MENA in Audit requires relentless focus on the quality of our services whilst closely monitoring the needs of regulators, investors and the financial markets. For non-audit services it is critical that we identify solutions and service offerings to support the business agenda of our clients in this transformative age.”

The new appointment follows just weeks after another key personnel announcement for the firm’s MENA practice, with Wasim Khan named as the new local Advisory Services Leader for the region.