Appointment of Matthijs van Dorssen as Director set to boost Alfa's international ambitions
27 december 2021 | Door: Marco Vermin
With the appointment of Matthijs van Dorssen as Director, Alfa Accountants and Advisors is taking the next step towards international service provision. The 39-year-old senior tax consultant will lead the team that works for clients worldwide from the offices in Amersfoort, Nijkerk and Aalsmeer. Since 2014, Alfa has been an exclusive member for the Netherlands of DFK International, a network of accounting firms spread across 93 countries.
With an 'in-house' Director for international business, Alfa aims to further accelerate the expansion of its services across the border. "I expect we can get a lot more out of it by giving our international services more attention. We are already doing a lot of work and have great clients. By creating more room for international services within the organisation, we can optimise service to Dutch clients across the border and foreign clients in the Netherlands", says Matthijs van Dorssen.
Many international contacts
An important pillar of Alfa's global ambitions is its affiliation with DFK International. The partnership is now one of the ten largest networks of independent accountancy firms in the world. Matthijs: "What makes our membership special is the exclusivity for the Netherlands. We are the only accountancy organisation authorised to be a member. Alfa is also one of the larger organisations within DFK International. Marco Vermin - member of the Alfa Board of Directors, ed. - is on the Board of Directors, we are well represented in committees, and we are often on stage during meetings. Because of the time and energy we put into it, we have many international contacts. If we are asked if we can do something for an entrepreneur somewhere in the world, we can respond quickly."
Concentration in two locations
Growth does not only come from DFK International's network, Matthijs observes. "We are also joined by domestic firms who are currently with a smaller tax or accounting firm that has little or no international experience. Foreign companies also come in directly through word of mouth." Until recently, contacts were routed through all 35 Alfa branches in the Netherlands. By concentrating international services in two locations, Nijkerk and Aalsmeer, Alfa expects to be able to give its global growth an extra push.
Matthijs van Dorssen has worked for Alfa for almost sixteen years now. In the Amersfoort and Nijkerk branches he is currently senior tax adviser, a position he will continue to hold for the time being in combination with that of international services director.