Editor's note

Issue 641 • January 2023

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Happy New Year to our subscribers,

It’s been a busy start to the year for our teams here at GlobalData. In addition to planning our calendars for the year ahead, work is in full swing towards our World Survey 2023 issue, including Network and Association fee and staff rankings. The global accounting industry has responded to our questionnaire, and our team is busy pulling the data together and ensuring data accuracy. The results will be available in the February IAB issue.

Considering the accounting industry’s position for the year ahead, PwC’s 26th Annual Global CEO Survey suggests a pessimistic outlook on the market’s health. With 4,410 CEOs polled in 105 countries and territories during October and November 2022, the bleak outlook is the most pessimistic CEOs have been regarding global economic growth since PwC carried out the survey 12 years ago, and marks a significant departure from the optimistic outlooks of 2021 and 2022, when more than three-quarters (76% and 77%, respectively) thought economic growth would improve. The full findings can be accessed on pwc.com 

In this issue, read my feature covering accounting industry C-suite leaders’ views on industry trends and their predictions for 2023; Laurent Le Lepajolec of Kreston Poland explains the importance of a corporate’s CSR division; Chris Rawden of GAAS describes their Leadership Coaching consultancy offerings and the benefits for businesses; Ed Whitehead at Signifyd talks about the protection afforded to merchants who have Strong Customer Authentication processes; Kreston Global’s Whitmer and Ramaswamy lay out the progress of the Digital Revolution and its impact on Transfer Pricing; and Russell Bedford Brazil’s Patricia Oliveira de Oliveira tells us about the success of the firm’s audit oversight role for the electronic voting system in the country.

There is also a UK ranking report with staff and fee tables, as well as the usual news round-up.

We look forward to all our engagements with you throughout this year. Please do get in touch to share your plans and themes with our readers.

Zoya Malik