HLB International wins IAB ‘Network of the Year’ Award
LONDON - HLB International, the global advisory and accounting network, has won the Network of the Year 2022 award at the International Accounting Bulletin Annual Awards, held last night in London. This award acknowledges organisations that are recognised as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. HLB had strong competition from fellow networks, Moore Global, Russell Bedford and Reanda International. Network of the Year is awarded to a multi-firm organisation that has demonstrated profitable growth strategies during the past 12 months and have excelled in key strategic and operational areas. HLB stood out due to its substantial growth over 2021 and its innovative offerings to clients worldwide. “I am delighted to accept this prestigious Network of the Year award on behalf of HLB International”, said Corney Versteden, Chair of HLB International. “Our innovative thinking over 2021 ensured that we closed the year on a record breaking high. Our global community are at the heart of what we do. We are committed to constantly reviewing our processes to adapt to changing market conditions to improve the impact of HLB firms globally. We maintain high quality standards across the network to promote trust and confidence among our clients worldwide and offer a top-class service across audit, accounting, tax and advisory services. At HLB, we strive to create a better future for our people, clients and the communities we operate in.” Operating in 157 countries, HLB had a record-breaking 2021 with global combined revenue earnings of US$4.08n, growing by 25% compared to 2020. Much of this growth came from acquiring firms in North America, however, not all the growth came from acquisitions. Revenue from advisory services made up 28% of total revenue with cross-border referrals growing by 10%.
Championing diversity and inclusion
For our business to thrive, we need our people to thrive. At HLB, we believe that creating a diverse and inclusive environment through all layers of the organisation boosts innovation and employee engagement. We aim to provide the best opportunities for our people and attract and retain top talent, to ultimately service our clients better. We champion diversity and inclusion by:
- Engaging in diversity and inclusion related conversations
- Being an advocate for workplace flexibility
- Facilitating talent mobility programs for our members
- Promoting leadership behaviour that fosters workplace diversity and inclusion
Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Bill leads the network’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives and oversees its strategy and objectives. Bill is no stranger to the professional services industry. He began his career with EY on the client service delivery side, working in both the audit and tax functions. He quickly found his niche in the Human Capital market and has never looked back. Bill has worked across multiple dimensions of diversity, collaborating with leaders at all levels, and has worked on many large scale projects. He is a sought after thought leader in the D&I space and was named to the 2019 NJ Out 100 Power List for his work in leading LGBTQ workplace inclusion.
Bill sits on the Board of Garden State Equality (GSE), New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ organization, and The Center, a non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization at the Jersey Shore. Bill has a strong passion for social justice and recently taught Lead for Diversity, a week-long journey by the American Conference on Diversity to high school students throughout the tri-state area.