Susan Ferrier | KPMG Global
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Susan Ferrier

Global Head of People

KPMG International

Susan Ferrier is the Global Head of People for KPMG. She sits on the firm’s Global Management Team and is responsible for leading the design, development and implementation of a leading-edge Talent Strategy for all 207,000 of our people in 153 countries. In her role, Susan is also responsible for leading the Global Learning & Development functions, Global Citizenship and the Global Inclusion & Diversity team. Prior to her appointment in the Global Head of People role, Susan was the Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity for KPMG, the National Managing Partner for People, Performance & Culture for the Australian firm, and the Client Lead Partner for a major growth education client for KPMG Australia. Susan has over 30 years international experience working with Boards and C-suite executives in large global organizations in the financial and professional service sectors. Leading large-scale complex organizational culture change, and building high performance organizations has been a hallmark of her career. She combines her broad business knowledge and commercial acumen to ensure that the potential of people are maximized, and central to delivering business results.

Areas of expertise

Operating Effectiveness    Talent Management    Talent acquisition    Talent retention    Transformation    Change Management    HR Transformation    Learning and Development    Management Consulting    Organizational Design    People and Change    Performance Management    Strategy    Inclusion and Diversity

Education and qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (BA LLB), 1986, University of Sydney

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), 1993, Nijenrode University, Netherlands


  • Winner of the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year (2010)

  • AHRI Sir Ken Robinson Award for Workplace Flexibility (2010)

Professional involvement

  • Member of the HR50 division of World50

  • Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

  • Member of the AHRI National Presidents Forum and Diversity & Inclusion Reference Panel

  • Affiliate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA)

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