KPMG International has elected William B Thomas as its new Chairman. His role would encompass the entire KPMG global network of professional services firms for a tenure of 4 years effective October 1, 2017. He will succeed John B Veihmeyer whose term as Chairman will come to an end of September 2017.
"I am extremely proud to announce that Bill Thomas (William) has been elected to succeed me as Chairman of KPMG International. 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. I'm confident that Bill's authentic leadership will bring tremendous value to KPMG, our people and to clients," said Veihmeyer.
The 49-year-old William, who was elected to his new role by KPMG International's Global Council, has served as Chairman of KPMG's American region since 2014 and has been a member of the Global Board since 2009. He has been a leader in defining KPMG's global strategy and a champion in promoting an inclusive and high-performing culture throughout the KPMG network.
"It is a great honor to be elected Chairman of KPMG International. I intend to build on the foundation John has put in place, and help KPMG's 190,000 professionals around the world to fulfill 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," said Thomas.