Successor to Colella
Former PwC partner takes reins at ICAS
He replaces Anton Colella who is leaving in March after almost 11 years in the post to take over as chief executive of the Moore Stephens International accountancy network.
Mr Cartwright said: “The global accountancy profession faces an unprecedented period of potential disruption.
“As chief executive of ICAS, my role is to ensure that we remain as relevant and leading in the future as we have been in the past.”
Mr Cartwright will focus on partnerships within the global accountancy profession, growing the membership of ICAS and building on the strength of its member communities around the world.
ICAS represents around 21,000 chartered accountants in more than 100 countries around the world. It had around 16,700 members in 2006.
Sir Brian Souter, chairman of ICAS, said Mr Cartwright’s appointment was a strong signal of the institute’s ambition to build on its established reputation globally and in its historic heartlands in Scotland.
Mr Cartwrigh, a graduate of Edinburgh university, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989. He left PwC last December after 15 years as partner in charge of the Scottish restructuring unit. He became director of policy leadership at ICAS in May.