The initials KPMG stand for the founding fathers of the organization.
Piet Klynveld founded Klynveld Kraayenhof & Co. in Amsterdam in 1917.
William Barclay Peat founded William Barclay Peat & Co. in London in 1870.
James Marwick founded Marwick, Mitchell & Co. with Roger Mitchell in New York City in 1897.
Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler played a significant role in the founding of Klynveld Main Goerdeler, Amsterdam, 1979.