Nick Brasington has stepped down as the WA managing partner at big four accounting firm PwC after 18 months in the role.
Mr Brasington has told associates he will be staying with PwC in Perth in a new role with the firm's global assurance leadership team.
Justin Carroll, the managing partner for assurance in WA, has taken over as State managing partner, effective yesterday.
Mr Brasington will be leader of the global quality assurance review group, a position that will take up 60 per cent of his time.
The rest of his work would be devoted to helping connect PwC to the local market and its business and community leaders. He is understood to believe that rather than staying on as managing partner for another 18 months, he could add more value in the new position.
The 47-year-old from Tamworth joined the Perth office in mid-2010 after spending most of the past two decades overseas, including 10 years based in Moscow.
He told associates that all the business and community leaders he had consulted about taking up the new role had encouraged him to do so. They had welcomed the possibility of sharing insights gleaned from direct contact with global leaders.
In Mr Brasington's time as managing partner, starting July 2011, up to a dozen new partners joined PwC Perth. The branch has about 600 staff and contributed about $110 million in annual revenue.
The firm last year become a key sponsor of the David Wirrpanda Foundation.
Incoming Perth managing partner Mr Carroll became a partner at PwC in 2004.Mr Carroll worked in London and Singapore, specialising in providing enterprise-wide assurance and business advisory services.