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KPMG rebuilds leadership team

Media Release: KPMG rebuilds leadership team

Stefan Pfister has now made a few important structural and personnel changes during his second four-year term as CEO of KPMG Switzerland. These will accelerate KPMG’s positive market performance even further while also enhancing the firm’s innovative strength and client focus over the long term.

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The accounting and consulting firm KPMG is on the right track and moving full speed ahead: It increased net revenues by 5.9% during the past fiscal year and successfully boosted revenue growth yet again during the first half of the 2019 fiscal year. To accelerate this positive momentum even further and enhance the firm’s innovative strength and client focus over the long term, Stefan Pfister, CEO of KPMG Switzerland, has made a few important structural and personnel changes.

Two separate business areas in Advisory

Advisory, the function that comprises the firm’s complete range of business advisory services (except Tax and Legal), will be transitioned into a two-unit structure that encompasses “Consulting” and “Deal Advisory” with effect from 1 October 2019. This will help us strengthen our focus on both our clients and our core competencies even further:

  • René Koets will head up the new Consulting area, which focuses on providing consulting services on the topics of digital transformation, cyber security and finance & operations.
  • Deal Advisory is already under the leadership of Timo Knak, who is responsible for providing corporate clients with advisory services on all matters relating to the acquisition and sale of businesses or parts of businesses.
  • Anne van Heerden, Head of Advisory since 2014, will take over the new role of Global Lead Partner for two international clients and coordinate the Forensic department, which he has systematically helped to build up and develop over the past 20 years. He will be stepping down from the Executive Committee on 1 October 2019.

Stefan Kuhn to take over as new Head of Tax & Legal

Stefan Kuhn will take over as Head of Tax & Legal on 1 June 2019 and also join the Executive Committee. He has been with KPMG since 2006, was appointed partner in 2008 and since 2012 he has overseen the Corporate Tax and M&A Tax departments, which he will continue to lead going forward.

Stefan Kuhn will head up Tax & Legal together with Frank Lampert. As Head of the Market Regions for Tax & Legal, Frank Lampert will ensure that all market regions in Switzerland and Liechtenstein are covered and provided with high-quality tax and legal services.

Peter Uebelhart, who has been at the helm of Tax & Legal since 2012 and been a key figure in the function’s further development, will be leaving the Executive Committee to focus on providing tax advisory services to international companies.

Mirko Liberto as new CFO

Mirko Liberto, previously Deputy CFO, has taken over the role of CFO in the Corporate Center. He succeeds Jörg Walker, who has served as CFO and COO since 2012 and will now be leaving the Executive Committee. Jörg Walker managed the central support functions with great dedication in his capacity as COO. Prior to that, he successfully oversaw Tax & Legal from 2004 to 2012. As one of Switzerland’s most highly renowned tax experts, Jörg Walker will continue to represent KPMG in important economic and political organizations.

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