Countplus COO joins AZ NGA to drive expansion plans

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Professional services company, AZ Next Generation Advisory (AZ NGA) has bolstered its senior leadership team, recruiting Countplus Chief Operating Officer Graham McGeagh to help spearhead the group’s expansion plans.

McGeagh, who also served as a Director of eleven Countplus-owned professional services firms including three as Chair, will join AZ NGA in early 2022 and report to Chief Executive Officer, Paul Barrett.

His role will include overseeing the delivery of AZ NGA’s offer and service proposition to member firms, driving business transformation initiatives, and helping execute the group’s vision and strategy.

Mr Barrett said the timing of McGeagh’s appointment reflected AZ NGA’s growth over the past six years, having completed 99 transactions to build a national network of accounting and financial advisory SMEs with annual revenues of over $120 million.

“We are at a critical stage in our journey and we are focused on assisting our member firms to realise their growth ambitions on our mission to become one of Australia’s preeminent professional services companies,” he said.

“Graham brings valuable skills and experience to AZ NGA and his appointment strengthens the senior leadership team. The industry is at an inflection point and we see plenty of opportunities for experienced, well capitalised players. We are ready to support accountants and advisers to participate in that growth story.”

McGeagh said: “AZ NGA stands out as a dynamic organisation with a clear vision and strategy, and the necessary skills, capability and capacity to execute that strategy”.

“It is a great business with extraordinary opportunities and I am excited about contributing to the group’s ongoing success.”

Prior to joining Countplus in 2018, McGeagh was Chief Executive Officer of Benson Radiology and Chief Executive Officer of Finlayson Lawyers.

His appointment follows a broader restructure at AZ NGA, which saw AZ NGA Partner and former Chief Operating Officer Paul Brain take on expanded responsibilities in addition to M&A, legal, banking and treasury.

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