“Paul is one of Australia’s top industry talents and we are extremely pleased to have him join KPMG to commence the next stage of his career,” said John Somerville, Head of Advisory at KPMG Australia.
"For business transformation, Paul presents our clients with unique insights on motivating workforces to drive productivity and ultimately, improve business performance. As the transactions market heats up and margins for error are thin, specialist consideration of people and workplace issues are critical for successful integrations. Paul can add great understanding here. Paul will also provide insights to the rapidly growing and changing superannuation sector, drawing from his experience as a director and deputy chair of Australia's largest industry super fund," added Mr Somerville.
Paul Howes commented, "I’ve been contemplating my next move for some time, and believe that KPMG is the right opportunity. The firm has offered me a diverse role, with a great opportunity to use my skills and experiences in a different way, working with highly talented teams. I am very much looking forward to my new career, where I hope to use my experience to help organisations grow and be successful."
Mr Howes retains his directorship with not-for-profit group beyondblue, but has resigned all other previously held directorships and offices.
He announced his resignation as National Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union in March this year, an organisation which he served for more than a decade. He was responsible for the financial and organisational management of the Union, which employed more than 450 staff across 45 offices. Some of his key achievements included reforming the Union’s corporate governance practices and internal structures and the successful execution of a major restructuring program resulting in significant cultural change, cost reduction and increased profitability of the organisation. He was Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, served on multiple Commonwealth Government boards; and was a Director then Deputy Chair of AustralianSuper.