United Kingdom


  • Service: Insights
  • Industry: Automotive
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 21/02/2012

New head at the helm of KPMG’s UK Automotive practice: firm appoints John Leech to driving seat 


KPMG has appointed John Leech as UK Head of its Automotive practice. John is a partner with 20 years experience at KPMG during which time he has worked with many leading automotive manufacturers, component suppliers and distributors.  John has significant industry insight and knowledge – including a secondment to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) to project manage the work of the Automotive Innovation and Growth Team which advised the UK Government on its automotive policy.


Mathieu Meyer, Global Head of Automotive at KPMG, said: “John brings a wealth of expertise to this role as he has extensive experience of working with international, government and industry groups in the automotive sector which makes him a strong asset to our practice and clients. He has significant UK and international experience which includes recent transactional experience in equity and debt offerings in the UK and US, IPOs and private equity investment.”


John’s new role will focus on driving forward KPMG’s Automotive practice in the UK. The car industry is facing real challenges in new technology such as electro-mobility, developing joint ventures & alliances in the emerging markets and re-calibrating supply-chains.  John’s focus will be to help KPMG’s automotive clients rise to meet such challenges.


John Leech said: “I am delighted to be taking on a leadership role at the UK Automotive practice at KPMG. This is a challenging time for many of our clients in a market where business confidence is fragile, but at the same time there are opportunities for companies to adapt and take advantage of a rapidly changing global landscape.  I look forward to working with our clients as they seek to navigate through these uncertain times.”


Next month, John will present on the growth prospects for the UK automotive industry at the next All Party Parliamentary Motor Group at the Houses of Parliament. 




Note to Editors:


John Leech, Head of Automotive at KPMG is available for interview

Please find attached a hi-res photo of John Leech


In 1991, John obtained a degree from Oxford University and in 1994, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ACA)


KPMG’s 13th Global Automotive Executive Survey: Managing growth while navigating uncharted routes, was launched in January 2012. The survey is based on a survey of 200 automotive executives, over half of whom are business unit heads or higher. The respondents come from all parts of the automotive value chain including vehicle manufacturers, tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers, dealers as well as financial service companies and for the first time mobility service providers. 

Link: http://www.kpmg.com/UK/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/NewsReleases/Pages/global-automotive-exec-survey.aspx


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About KPMG


KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with nearly 11,000 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.6 billion in the year ended September 2010. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 150 countries and have more than 138,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.  KPMG International provides no client services.