Poynter was chosen by PwC’s 1200 partners from a shortlist, which also included John Berriman, Rodger Hughes, Andrew Ratcliffe and Ed Smith.
His five-year tenure is due to begin on 1 July when he takes over from Peter Smith, who has been senior partner at the firm since the formation of PwC in 1998.
‘Our merger two years ago has been a great success and has given us a strong platform on which to go forward. We will build on the leadership position we have today by continuing to provide innovative solutions to our clients,’ said Poynter.
‘We are already transforming ourselves, by investing in our people and by becoming a world class e-business,’ he added.
‘I am privileged to have been asked by my partners to lead the UK firm at this exciting time.’
Welcoming the announcement, Smith said: ‘My successor, Kieran Poynter, has many exciting challenges to face and the opportunity to shape the way we do business.
‘I hand over the reins in the UK with every confidence for the continued success of PricewaterhouseCoopers.’
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