KPMG appoint Bill Thomas as new global chairman

Bill Thomas, the chairman of KPMG’s Americas region, has been elected as the new chairman of KPMG International and will take over from John Veihmeyer.

Mr Thomas has been with KPMG for 28 years, and between 2009 and 2016 he worked as CEO of KPMG Canada, and his predecessor will retire after having worked at the accountancy firm for his entire 37-year career.

“I am extremely proud to announce that Bill Thomas has been elected to succeed me as chairman of KPMG International,” Mr Veihmeyer said.

“Bill brings an exceptional range of skills and experience that will benefit KPMG and the clients our professionals serve. As leader of KPMG’s Americas region and the Canadian firm, Bill has an outstanding leadership record of quality growth, innovation and collaboration.”

Mr Thomas praised his predecessor and described it as “a great honour” to become the new chairman. He said: “I intend to build on the foundation John has put in place, and help KPMG’s 190,000 professionals around the world to fulfil their potential and bring their best in meeting the rapidly expanding needs of clients.

“I’m convinced the next few years will be among the most dynamic our profession has ever seen, and I’m excited about the opportunities that are in front of KPMG.”

KPMG UK also appointed Bill Michael as its new chairman recently, taking over from Simon Collins who served as chairman for five years.