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MacAllister takes over top role at PwC

Kevin MacAllister has taken over the top role at PwC in Northern Ireland

THE north's largest professional services company PwC has named Kevin MacAllister as its new regional leader in Northern Ireland.

He takes over from Paul Terrington, who has moved from the role after nine years to become the UK and EMEA head of consulting.

With revenues of more than £170 million and a workforce of almost 2,300, the Belfast office is PwC’s largest outside London, and is preparing to move into a new £70m headquarters at Merchant Square in the city centre.

Kevin has been with PwC for 32 years, and has led the firm’s audit and private business practice.

With broad experience of national private business, he will be focused on supporting PwC’s regional clients as they navigate the dual challenges of the economic recovery from lockdown and prepare for the UK to leave the EU.

He said: “This is a critical time for Northern Ireland and I'm honoured to take on the role of regional leader to support our clients and help them find new opportunities. We are moving towards a post-crisis world where digital transformation is no longer a challenge but a critical need.

“What gives me great confidence is that PwC was ready for unprecedented changes with our drive to become a digitally-led firm. Our investment means we’re in the best position to help clients of all shapes and sizes navigate this new normal and realise their potential.

“With Brexit coming back into focus, we know the pressures will increase as businesses prepare the end of the transition period. We continue to encourage clients to prepare for both a deal and a no deal scenario.

“PwC plays any important role in Northern Ireland, working with many of the top businesses and as a leading employer.

“We've also signalled our belief in Belfast by committing one of the largest regional investments by taking over Merchant Square for our new HQ. We aim to start moving in towards the summer of next year, which will bring us right into the city centre and at the heart of the work to rebuild the economy."

He added: “Paul and I have worked together for 30 years and I know he’ll be very successful in this new consulting role.

“As we move forward in the coming months, I’m realistic about the challenges we face together but I’m also optimistic about the resilience and innovation that this region is known for."

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