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KPMG announces new WA State Chair

KPMG announces new WA State Chair

Matthew Woods has been named as KPMG’s new Western Australian State Chair, effective 1 February 2019.


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Matt will assume responsibilities from current Chair, Gary Smith, who will move into a Special Adviser role focused on the delivery of Indigenous Services before retiring from the firm in June 2019.

Based in Perth and currently National Head of Restructuring Services, Matthew is a native of the WA business market. He has more than 25 years business experience spanning restructuring, M&A and financial services. He joined KPMG as a partner in 2009 to establish the Perth arm of the firm’s Restructuring Services operations, before assuming national leadership of the business in 2013.

In his new role, Matthew will lead the operations of KPMG in the WA market. He will also continue to lead the Restructuring Services business nationally.

KPMG Australia CEO Gary Wingrove said: “Like the rest of Australia, our WA clients are trying to drive growth against a backdrop of threats and challenges – with KPMG research showing the top three being emerging/disruptive technologies; environmental issues and the re-emergence of protectionism. I am confident Matthew will lead an active and innovative contribution to our clients’, and the State’s growth agenda.”

Gary Smith will hand over to Matt Woods following seven years in the role as KPMG’s Western Australian Chair.

Mr Wingrove said: “Gary has successfully led our WA Practice as State Chair since 2012, with a focus on a balance of economic growth, market reputation, and social impact. In addition to ensuring a smooth transition to Matthew, he will pursue one of his passions in his new role as a Special Adviser to our national Indigenous Services business. In that role, Gary will guide KPMG’s focus on supporting and empowering the self-determination of Indigenous businesses and communities particularly through their increased engagement with governments and the corporate sector.”

Gary Smith joined KPMG in 1984, was promoted to Partner in 1996, and has spent most of his career with the firm. In addition to his WA Chair responsibilities, he has held a variety of senior positions including with KPMG’s US Consulting arm (called BearingPoint), and as head of the KPMG WA Advisory Services business. Gary has been the responsible lead partner for a number of local, national and global clients for the firm, and has driven the growth of KPMG’s WA Management Consulting business, having successfully led many government and private sector programs specialising in program management, technology implementation, change and more recently, leadership strategy.

For further information

Kristin Silva
KPMG Communications
0411 110 953

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