Proactive succession planning has seen a ‘changing of the guard’ at local business and accounting firm BMO, with long serving Practice Manager Barry Jordan officially handing his role to BMO team member and experienced Human Resources professional Alex Gee Kee.
Mr Jordan, who joined BMO 12 years ago, has been mentoring Mr Gee Kee for the managerial position since July 2015.
When Mr Gee Kee took on the BMO Practice Manager role full-time, Mr Jordan made the choice to move into a part-time advisory position.
Initially, he said he had been planning to transition to retirement, but when a new opportunity arose he had a change of heart.
“I toyed with the idea of retirement but after moving to part-time I realised that I still had the energy and drive for another professional challenge. At the same time our good friends and clients at Eastern Rural had been working with BMO advisors to develop their own succession plan. From this they created a new General Manager role and the cards fell the right way for me to be able to put my hand up for the role.
Mr Jordan will be commencing as General Manager at Eastern Rural in August.
“This has been a very serious decision for me and leaving BMO is not easy due to the relationships I have with the team and the clients. However, Alex was doing such a fantastic job, and it was important to me to see him continue to succeed and give him full rein to make the position his own.”
BMO Partner David Briese said while the BMO team was sad to see Barry move on, they were pleased that Barry’s experience would be utilised in another respected local firm.
“We look forward to working with Barry in a different capacity now has he taken on the new challenge at Eastern Rural.”