RegulationCorporate GovernanceKPMG’s new chief rallies troops

KPMG's new chief rallies troops

John Griffith-Jones, the incoming senior partner at KPMG,  lays down the gauntlet, calling for a gladiatorial rather than a sycophantic approach when his tenure begins in October

‘I think it’s really good to have an argument about a big decision. The most
senior person in the room is by no means always right,’ said Griffith-Jones, in
an interview with Accountancy Age.

He continued: ‘I like to have someone challenge me, or to be challenged, but
you can only do that if everyone feels safe. It relies on everyone sitting in on
the meeting not keeping quiet.’

The former Royal Green Jacket, currently KPMG’s chief executive officer, rose
through the company’s ranks in a distinguished career, which has spanned 31
years.

He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978 and worked for KPMG as an
auditor for nine years when he transferred to help set up the corporate finance
(CF) practice. He became a partner in 1987 and headed up the CF practice in the
UK and Europe from 1993 until June 2002 when he was promoted to the role of CEO.

The firm is closely chasing Deloitte in the Big Four revenue stakes, with the
most recent comparable results showing only £70m gulf between them.

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