Jean M. Stephens, CPA
Chief Executive Officer, RSM International
In January 2006, Ms Jean Stephens became Chief Executive Officer of RSM International after joining the organisation in 1996. RSM is the 6th largest global network of independent professional services firms, with 95 member and correspondent firms and over 32,500 total staff in over 90 countries worldwide.
As CEO, Ms Stephens’ responsibilities are the implementation of short and long-term organisational strategies for the growth and development of the network. In the last ten years, RSM has grown by 120% through acquisition and organic growth. Ms Stephens currently spends over 70% of her time on international business trips in countries around the world.
In 2007, Ms Stephens established the RSM Academy. This highly-rated international leadership programme develops the international skills of RSM’s future leaders, with emphasis on cultural issues, international issues facing clients, the team approach to serving clients at the highest level, and using a foundation of quality as the base for successful and sustainable growth.
Prior to joining RSM in London, Ms Stephens was an audit partner in McGladrey & Pullen LLP (a member of RSM International) in the USA. Ms Stephens remains a partner in this firm.
Ms Stephens is passionate about encouraging the use of cultural differences for the benefit of international development. She is also interested in using her international experiences to promote the development of our young professionals, both men and women.
Ms Stephens has previously appeared on both TV and radio broadcasts including CNBC and BBC Radio 4.
Ms Stephens has held numerous leadership positions in a variety of organisations including President of the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce, Regional Leader for the Group Study Exchange programme for Rotary International, Vice President of Finance for the Inland Empire Symphony and three-term President for the San Bernardino YWCA.
Ms Stephens has received an Athena Award for Outstanding Business Woman – San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and is also a recipient of the California State University Alumni of the Year Award. In May 2009, Ms Stephens received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from her Alma Mater, University of Redlands, in recognition of her international career with RSM.
Ms Stephens is a member of the AICPA and the California Society of CPA’s. Ms Stephens has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Finance.