KPMG today announces that Simon Collins will become its new UK Chairman and Senior Partner. Simon, who is currently Global Head of KPMG’s Transactions and Restructuring group, will take over leadership of the firm on 1 October after the retirement of John Griffith-Jones.
Commenting on the appointment, John Griffith-Jones, KPMG UK Chairman, said:
“I am delighted that Simon will be taking over from me in October. He has received a clear mandate from the partnership and I am sure that under his leadership the firm has a bright future. Simon has already proven himself to be a fine partner and leader, greatly respected by his peers, clients and industry alike. At a time of regulatory uncertainty for our profession, I am certain that Simon will provide the strong and clear leadership needed in order to move the firm forward into the future.”
Simon Collins, KPMG UK Chairman elect, said:
“I am delighted and greatly honoured to have been elected by my fellow partners to lead the firm. The world remains uncertain and troubled, but the talent, energy and integrity of our people gives me huge confidence that we can build on the great legacy of John’s leadership and the proud history of our firm.”
Simon Collins, aged 51, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986. He founded KPMG’s Debt Advisory practice in 1998, joining the firm from NatWest where he was Global Head of Debt Structuring. Prior to that, he worked in the financing business of SG Warburg. Simon is a member of the KPMG Europe LLP Executive and Board, KPMG’s Global Advisory Executive and the KPMG India Oversight Board. He is also a member of the UK Government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board.
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John Griffith-Jones has been UK Chairman for six years. In a career spanning some 37 years at KPMG, John spent eleven years in Audit before joining and ultimately leading the Corporate Finance practice. He became UK CEO in 2002 before becoming UK Chairman in 2006. He has been Joint Chairman of KPMG Europe LLP since 2007, which he will also step down from on 30 September.
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