[photopress:pkf.jpg,full,alignright]Occasionally something comes in and you wonder who is involved. For example: ‘PKF has expanded its international hotel consultancy services with the launch of an office in Shanghai, China.’
Good, nay, excellent. But, as we used to say in the army, who is PKF when he’s at home?
It is Pannell Kerr Forster which is a global network of professional services firms. Member firms operate under the PKF brand in over 119 countries worldwide. Total revenues for 2005 were $1.2 billion, which puts it in the top 10 global accountancy firms.
PKF was founded in 1969 when four accountancy firms from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States joined together to create an international association. The four firms were:
Pannell, Fitzpatrick & Co (UK);
Harris, Kerr, Forster & Co (USA);
Campbell, Sharp, Nash & Field (Canada); and
Wilson, Bishop, Bowes & Craig (Australia).
In 1980, member firms decided to use Pannell Kerr Forster as their common brand name to create a true international accountancy brand. In 2000, member firms decided to shorten their name to PKF. They made the unwarranted presumption everyone would know exactly what it meant.
Now PKF (remember what it means for there will be questions in the term paper) has undertaken an agreement allowing Shanghai-based Ansley & Associates Inc. to operate as PKF Consulting.
Running it will be Wing-See Ansley, who previously worked for PKF for ten years in China, Canada and Hong Kong.
Wing-See Ansley has substantial experience in hotel consultancy. She previously was a partner in KPMG for 11 years in China and Taiwan.
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