KPMG announces four executive board appointments

30 September 2020 2 min. read
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KPMG has made a string of executive board appointments to its UK wing. Mary O’Connor, John Bennet, Kevin Hogarth and Rachel Hopcroft take on the roles.

Bill Michael, Chair of KPMG in the UK, commented, “UK business leaders are facing some of the greatest challenges of their careers as they navigate economic recovery and re-plot their course to growth. Our new leadership and their teams will work closely to support our clients as they pivot their businesses and adapt to the new environment.”

Mary O’Connor has been appointed as Head of Clients and Markets for the UK firm, leading the non-audit business which includes Tax, Pensions and Legal Services, Deal Advisory and Consulting, across Financial Services, Corporates and National Markets. Having arrived from Willis Towers Watson, where she was Head of Client, Industry and Business Development, she is also a dual-qualified US and UK lawyer, and has served as a senior regulator in both countries, including as the Head of Approved Persons at the Financial Services Authority.

Mary O’Connor, John Bennet, Kevin Hogarth and Rachel Hopcroft

O’Connor replaces the outgoing Scott Parker, who will take on a new role as Head of Transformational Growth and EMA Head of Markets, working to drive stronger links in the global network and lead KPMG’s major sales programmes across EMA. John Bennett meanwhile succeeds O’Connor in the role of Chief Risk Officer. He was previously Chief Operating Officer for the firm’s audit practice and has played a leading role in devising the firm’s plans to deliver operational separation.

The Big Four firm has also appointed Kevin Hogarth to its board of executives as its Chief People Officer. Arriving at the start of November, Hogarth joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he held the role of Global Director of People and Culture. Hogarth brings with him more than 30 years of HR experience, predominately in professional and financial services. Kevin succeeds Anna Purchas, who will take on the role of London Office Senior Partner and lead the firm’s largest office.

Rachel Hopcroft, KPMG’s Head of Corporate Affairs, also joins the firm’s executive board meanwhile. Since joining the firm in 2017, Hopcroft has led the firm’s Corporate Affairs function since 2017. She joined KPMG from the Civil Service where she worked for 13 years.