Building on legacy
Walker takes CEO reins at Johnston Carmichael
New line-up: Andrew Walker, Andrew Shepherd, Sandy Manson
Andrew Walker will succeed Sandy Manson as chief executive at accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael on 1 August.
The change of leadership is part of the firm’s long-term succession plan which will also include the firm’s current chairman, Andrew Shepherd, also stepping down.
Mr Shepherd will continue with the firm in a client-facing role as well as supporting the development of the next generation of talent. Mr Manson will become chairman in his place and will also become Johnston Carmichael’s head of client service.
Since joining the business in 2003 and becoming managing partner of the Aberdeen office in 2007, Mr Walker has played an important role in the leadership of the firm, having also been a member of the board for 11 years. He has 23 years’ experience as a corporate financier.
As well as leading Johnston Carmichael’s digital strategy, Mr Walker established the firm’s 12th office, which was launched in Dundee this month.
As CEO, he will continue to grow and diversify the business, building on Mr Manson’s 12-year legacy, with a firm focus on developing Johnston Carmichael’s talent pipeline and embracing digital technology.
Mr Walker said: “Our profession is going through a lot of change and we as a firm need to keep evolving, improving and investing to take advantage of the exciting opportunities which exist.
“Our talent pipeline is stronger than ever because of our long-term focus on succession planning and I am looking forward to harnessing that energy and expertise as we take the business to the next level.”
Mr Manson said: “If today the Johnston Carmichael brand and what we stand for is more respected and recognised than ever before then that is a legacy I am very proud to have played my part in building.
“I have never been more positive and excited about the future of our firm and after 12 years now is the right time to hand on the baton to Andrew. With his considerable talents and experience, he will take this firm from strength to strength.”