The partners of KPMG elected the new Board of Directors at the Partners’ Conference. Roger Neininger, who had a significant influence on the fate of KPMG as Chairman from 2014 to 2020, is retiring of his own volition. The Board of Directors will now be led by Hélène Béguin, who has been a member of KPMG’s Board of Directors since 2014. Tobias Valk, a Board member since 2018, was confirmed in office. François Rouiller and Pascal Sprenger were newly elected to the Board. By expanding the Board of Directors with the addition of a new member and the election of Hélène Béguin as Chairperson, KPMG is setting a standard in modern corporate governance that addresses diversity and inclusion with even greater conviction.
The partners of KPMG elected the new Board of Directors at the Partners’ Conference last Friday. Hélène Béguin (54), a member of the Board since 2014, is replacing Roger Neininger as Chairperson of the Board in light of his retirement. François Rouiller (52) and Pascal Sprenger (40) have been newly elected to the Board. Tobias Valk (49), a member of the Board since 2018, was re-elected for a further three years.
François Rouiller has been with KPMG for 26 years and has proven experience in leading global audits as Lead Partner for numerous multinational clients. He was Head of Markets for Audit Corporate for five years and coordinates KPMG’s Global Japanese Practice network. As a new member of the Board of Directors, he intends to actively shape KPMG’s future and liaise with the Executive Committee, particularly on issues connected with recruiting technology talents and developing the next generation of leaders.
Pascal Sprenger is a lawyer who joined KPMG in 2002. Since 2014 he has held overall responsibility for all non-tax-related issues of Regulatory & Compliance in the area of Financial Services at KPMG Switzerland. He represents KPMG on various specialist committees in the financial sector, such as economiesuisse and the EXPERTsuisse anti-money laundering group. He is also a member of the Expert Commission for Legal Matters of the Swiss Association of Asset Managers. As a member of the Board of Directors, Sprenger would like to focus on growth and digitalization and give young partners a voice on the Board of Directors.
Hélène Béguin has been with KPMG for 33 years and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. She is also Head of KPMG in Western Switzerland and a member of the Board of Directors of the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She also chairs the KPMG Steering Committee on Inclusion and Diversity. She sees herself as a sparring partner with respect to the Executive Committee. She also values transparency and would like to further promote direct involvement in the partner community and to turn KPMG into a preferred employer for future generations.
Tobias Valk, who has been a member of the Board of Directors since December 2018, has been re-elected for the next three years. He has been with KPMG for almost 25 years. He also spent two and a half years at KPMG in Australia in 2002-2004 and now advises worldwide life sciences companies as Global Lead Partner. From 2008 to 2014, he held the position of Head of Transaction Services, a role he resumed in 2019. Valk sees himself as a critical sounding board with regard to the Executive Committee and the partners of KPMG. He is a strong advocate of the “One Firm” approach and would like to continue to act as a bridge builder between the different functions within the business.
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