Bill Thomas re-elected as KPMG's chairman and global CEO

05 November 2020 2 min. read
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Bill Thomas was elected to a second term as global chairman & CEO of KPMG International. Thomas had his term extended one year ahead of schedule, and will lead the global network until September 30, 2025.

KPMG’s global board unanimously nominated Thomas and the firm’s global council unanimously elected him.

Thomas has served as global CEO & chairman since 2017, overseeing KPMG’s global strategy – which has included the launch of a $5-billion digital strategy and investment plan and the expansion of key alliances to bolster the network's digital transformation offering.

He has also guided the consultancy through a number of challenges, including the massive impact of Covid-19, as well as accounting scandals related to the Carillion collapse in the UK and the Gupta family in South Africa.

KPMG International has 220,000 employees in 147 countries and annual revenue of $29.75 billion. It is the smallest of the Big Four global accountancies.

Bill Thomas, Chairman and global CEO, KPMG

“In this critical moment, as our firms, clients, and societies are facing some of the most challenging circumstances in a generation, it is imperative that KPMG continues to drive forward with our strategy. We must work together with all of our stakeholders as we chart a path towards recovery and growth,” Thomas said.

“As we have done since I took on this role, we will focus on building trust. It has never been more important that stakeholders and societies can trust business,” he added.

Prior to leading the KPMG global network of accounting and consulting firms, Thomas was chair of KPMG’s Americas region between 2014 and 2017. He also previously served as CEO of KPMG Canada between 2009 and 2016, and has been a member of KPMG’s global board since 2009.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Thomas holds a BS in chemistry from the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.