22/01/2019 - 14:09

KPMG appoints WA chair

22/01/2019 - 14:09

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Global accounting firm KPMG Australia has appointed Matthew Woods as its Western Australian state chair.

KPMG appoints WA chair
Matthew Woods will take over from Gary Smith as chair.

Global accounting firm KPMG has appointed Matthew Woods as its Western Australian state chair.

Mr Woods will replace current chair of seven years, Gary Smith, who will move into a special adviser role focused on the delivery of Indigenous Services, before retiring from the firm in June.

Perth-based Mr Woods is currently national head of restructuring services for KPMG, with more than 25 years’ business experience spanning restructuring, mergers and aquisitions, and financial services.

He joined KPMG as a partner in 2009 to establish the Perth arm of the firm’s restructuring services operations.

In his new role, Mr Woods will lead the operations of KPMG in the WA market, in addition to continuing to lead the restructuring services business nationally.

KPMG Australia chief executive Gary Wingrove welcomed the appointment.

“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,” Mr Wingrove said.

“I am confident Matthew will lead an active and innovative contribution to our clients, and the state’s growth agenda.”

Mr Wingrove also congratulated the outgoing Mr Smith on his time as chair.

“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,” Mr Wingrove said.

“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.”

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