KPMG Australia has announced the appointment of Carmel Mortell as the new Victorian State Chair, effective 1 September 2018. Carmel takes over the role from the current Chair, Rob Bazzani.
Having commenced her career with KPMG in Audit as an undergraduate in 1988, Carmel brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role of Victorian State Chair. Since joining the firm she has held a variety of leadership roles within KPMG including client lead partner for some of the firm’s major accounts; leading a number of national service lines including CFO Advisory and Internal Audit and Compliance; and working in both the UK and US practices of the firm.
KPMG Australia CEO, Gary Wingrove said: “Carmel is an outstanding practitioner and an insightful leader who is strongly committed both to the firm’s people and its clients. In addition to an excellent track record in the financial services sector developed over three decades, Carmel has high level strategy skills and the ability to communicate a positive vision for the future and drive growth for our Victorian office.”
Mr Wingrove said that Carmel’s strong understanding of the Victorian market and its opportunities, together with her extensive networks across the KPMG business made her ideal for the role.
“Carmel’s leadership style, compassion, fresh approach and pragmatism make her an outstanding choice for the role of KPMG Victorian State Chair.”
In addition, Carmel is a vocal advocate for diversity and flexible working. Since starting her family more than ten years ago, she has worked successfully on a flexible workplace arrangement. Carmel is also passionate about enhancing the experience of all partners and staff. She currently sits on the Audit, Assurance & Risk Consulting executive team leading the Enhanced People Experience strategic agenda.
“I’m excited to lead KPMG in Victoria through this exciting period of growth for the State, especially as Melbourne is predicted to overtake Sydney as Australia’s largest city by 2030. In Victoria we are one of the state's major employers and we pride ourselves on attracting the best talent to help our clients and our state grow and prosper into the future” said Ms Mortell.
Mr Wingrove said that Rob Bazzani was stepping down after seven years as the Victorian Chairman to continue his focus on leading KPMG’s national Enterprise Practice. Rob will continue to be a member of the firm’s National Executive Committee. In his role as Victorian Chair role oversaw double-digit growth and the successful move to modern ‘agile’ premises at Collins Square.
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