Financial services firm EY has appointed a new managing partner for Birmingham and the Midlands.
Simon O'Neill has taken over the reins from Sara Fowler who has held the role since 2010.
Mr O'Neill is based in the Midlands and has been with EY in the UK and US for 21 years, having joined the Birmingham office as a graduate.
An audit partner for 11 years, he has significant experience leading audits of multinational clients in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 in a number of different sectors in the Midlands and wider UK.
Mr O'Neill also spent three years as part of the UK and Ireland assurance leadership team where he managed operations and finance for EY's assurance business across the two countries.
Ms Fowler will continue in her role as a partner in EY's fraud investigation and dispute services practice.
Mr O'Neill said: "I am thrilled to take on this role leading EY's Midlands practice at what is an exciting time for region.
"The current economic and political environment as we head towards leaving the European Union will create opportunities as well as challenges but I'm confident that with the implementation of the Midlands Engine strategy, the region will continue to be a great place for businesses to invest and grow.
"I look forward to working closely with our clients in the Midlands to help them take advantage of these opportunities, building on the excellent work Sara has done in growing the regional practice.
"Looking ahead, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming years as the rise of digital continues to impact how all businesses operate.
"I will therefore be focused on ensuring we have the strongest possible team in place, with further senior promotions and hires as we continue to increase the diversity of our team."
Ms Fowler added: "It has been a privilege to lead EY's Midlands practice over the past seven years and a pleasure to work with our great clients and the fantastic business community here.
"Simon's leadership will build on this and I look forward to seeing him bring his own dynamic style to the role."