KPMG has announced the appointment of Sarah Willows as chief financial officer and head of operations.
She joins the firm’s executive committee and begins with immediate effect.
Willows was previously head of energy for KPMG and starts the role after taking 14 months’ maternity leave.
Simon Collins, UK chairman of KPMG, commented: “Sarah has an impeccable professional services track record, having started her career as an auditor, then moving into international M&A and management consulting.”
In recent years, she has specialised in energy, advising some of KPMG’s largest oil & gas clients globally, and spent two years in Moscow.
“Sarah has always been a highly commercial partner, understanding both the UK and international markets, with a laser focus on her clients’ needs. She will be a strong addition to our leadership team, bringing her broad expertise and commercial nous to bear,” Collins added.
Willows added: “It is important that we continue to focus on investing in and maintaining our core business offerings in areas such as audit, where we are winning the largest share of tenders and are the largest auditor of listed UK businesses.
“At the same time, we must also invest in emerging services, whether this is helping clients harness the power of data & analytics to better understand their customers or harness technology to transform the back office or outstep market disruptors.”
Willows replaces Mike McDonagh, who was formerly head of operations and is now returning to client work on secondment to KPMG US, and Paul Long, who was formerly CFO and is now stepping down after five years in the role.
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