RSM International, the world's sixth largest global accounting and consulting organization, announced that its board of directors had named Jean Stephens to a five-year term as chief executive officer beginning Jan. 1.

Stephens, previously the organization's chief operating officer, is directing a strategic plan to make RSM the most recognized and respected name in the industry, and to achieve even greater geographic scope and size. Stephens joined RSM in 1996 to help build the international practice and since then, has seen RSM grow by 75 percent.Growing at an annual rate of 18 percent, RSM has recently moved into Vietnam, New Zealand, Belgium and Singapore, and the organization now has its sights set on further expansion of its offices in India, China and eastern Europe, as well as building representation in Iran, Jordan, Malta and Israel. With RSM member firm RSM McGladrey's recent acquisition of American Express Tax and Business Services in the United States, and the resulting growth in its business base, Stephens believes that RSM has the potential to grow its global practice by 25 percent or more in the next two years.

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