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  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 3/19/2012

Roger Neininger named new CEO of KPMG Switzerland 

Roger Neininger has been named the new CEO of KPMG Switzerland. On 16 March 2012, the partners of KPMG in Switzerland reached a decision on the successor to Hubert Achermann, who is handing over his office as Senior Partner for reasons of age.

In his new role, Roger Neininger will be complemented by Jörg Walker, who is assuming the role of COO and Deputy CEO. This change in management takes effect on 1 October 2012. KPMG is making additional specific changes to further strengthen its market position.

 

KPMG has named Roger Neininger (52), previously Head of Audit, Member of the Executive Committee and Deputy CEO, as the new CEO effective 1 October 2012. Mr. Neininger, Partner and Swiss Certified Accountant, has been with KPMG since 1984 and during the course of his previous career has worked as the Global Lead Partner for countless clients in the areas of logistics, consumer goods and industry. In addition, he was Sector Head Automotive and Sector Head Logistics & Business Services.

 

Mr. Neininger has carried out a variety of key management functions at KPMG, the last one being Head of Audit. He worked for KPMG in Australia for a number of years and is fluent in five languages. Since 2011 he has also been a Member of the Board of economiesuisse, the umbrella organization representing Swiss businesses.

 

Mr. Neininger succeeds Hubert Achermann, who since 2004 has successfully managed KPMG Switzerland and was decisive in spearheading its strategic development. Under his leadership, in 2007 KPMG Switzerland became a founding member of KPMG Europe LLP, a merger of various KPMG national firms, which in the meantime has members from 18 countries in Europe plus the Near and Middle East. Hubert Achermann will remain associated with the firm and be involved in the area of Global Private Wealth.

Further strengthening of market position

In order to further strengthen the position of KPMG in light of changing market requirements, the corporate and management structure will be modified in key areas effective 1 October 2012. Jörg Walker (49) is becoming COO, and in this role he will take over financial management and will be responsible for business operations. In addition, he will become Deputy CEO. Mr. Walker, who holds a Master of Arts in Law from the University of St. Gallen and is a Swiss Certified Tax Expert, was previously Head of Tax and a Member of the Executive Committee.

 

The new Head of Audit will be Lukas Marty (44), who has a degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen and is a Swiss Certified Accountant. Mr. Marty is an auditor and advisor for national and international industrial enterprises and Member of the Executive Committee at KPMG Switzerland, and until now has been CFO of the firm.

 

The new Head of Tax will be Peter Uebelhart (43), who has a degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen and is a Swiss Certified Tax Expert. Until now, Mr. Uebelhart has been advising national and international corporations in complex tax matters and was Head of Corporate Tax at KPMG in Zurich.

 

In the future, the market will be handled through two central Lines of Business (LoB): “Financial Services” focuses as before on banks, insurance companies and asset management firms, while the newly created “Corporates” LoB encompasses all other sectors especially key sectors such as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, manufacturing industries, the energy sector and the public sector.

 

Head of Corporates will be Stéphane Gard (46), who holds a degree from the University of Lausanne School of Business and Economics (HEC) and who was previously Head of KPMG in French-speaking Switzerland and Sector Head Consumer Goods & Retail. Mr. Gard is taking a seat on the Executive Committee of KPMG Switzerland and will be responsible for handling the markets for all sectors (except for Financial Services) as well as the national market (SMEs).

 

Stefan Pfister (43), Head of Advisory, and Daniel Senn (54), Head of Financial Services, both Members of the Executive Committee and who are very successfully managing their areas of responsibility, will remain in their functions.

 

Philipp Hallauer (48), Head of National Quality & Risk Management, will continue to report to the CEO but is leaving the Executive Committee.

 

All changes are effective on 1 October 2012.

 

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KPMG AG

Andreas Hammer

Head of Public Relations & Public Affairs

Telephone: +41 44 249 48 20

Mobile: +41 79 335 75 06

E-mail: kpmgmedia@kpmg.ch

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Roger Neininger

Roger Neininger

Chief Executive Officer

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