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April 21, 2016

Belgium audit profession to elect RSM’s Thierry Dupont as president

Thierry Dupont, a partner at RSM Belgium and currently vice-president of the Belgian Institute of Registered Auditors (Institut des Réviseurs d’Entreprises, IRE) is expected to become president tomorrow at the professional body’s AGM, The Accountant has learnt.

Dupont will succeed Daniel Kroes, current IRE president and a partner at Deloitte Belgium, who is ending his three-year term.

The professional body will also seek to appoint the 14 new members of its council. According to IRE bylaws if there are no more contenders for the vice-presidency and the 14 seats of the council, there would be no need to call an election.

It is understood that IRE’s AGM would approve Dupont’s candidacy and the 14 IRE members who will join the council.

IRE has traditionally followed a balanced policy when it comes to elect its office bearers. Reflecting the country’s bilingualism, a Flemish-speaking president (Kroes) is succeeded by a French-speaking one (Dupont).

Similarly a president with a Big Four firm background is succeeded by a president with a mid-tier or smaller firm background. The same rotation applies to the council where normally, out of 14, six members come from the Big Four.

The Accountant understands that the new vice-president will be an auditor from PwC.

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