The KPMG Story


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The Birth & Growth of KPMG

The KPMG network was formed in 1987 when Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler merged along with their respective member firms. When the industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and nineteenth century helped transform accounting into a profession, KPMG’s founding fathers were center stage, pioneering the industry.

Our History

William Barclay Peat (the P in KPMG) started his career in accountancy at just 17 working for Robert Fletcher & Co. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1891, Peat assumed leadership of the firm, and renamed it William Barclay Peat & Co.

In 1897, the US firm Marwick, Mitchell & Company got its start in New York City. The company was formed by James Marwick (the M in KPMG) and Roger Mitchell - both Scottish immigrants. It wasn’t easy establishing a firm in the city-many thought there was no place or need for accountants, but the two soon built a strong reputation.

Meanwhile, in 1917 Piet Klynveld (the K in KPMG) opens small accounting firm in Amsterdam. Jaap Kraayenhof joins and firm becomes Klynveld Kraayenhof & Company (KKC). By the time Klynveld passed away in 1946, he left behind the largest accounting firm in the Netherlands.

The last of our founding fathers, Reinhard Goerdeler (the G in KPMG) comes into the story almost half a century later in 1953, when he joined Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft (DTG).

Mergers in the early years
In 1911, Peat and Mitchell met as fellow passengers on an Atlantic crossing from Europe to America. The two hit it off on the week-long trip, and by the end of the journey, had hammered out a plan to join forces. The firm later became known as Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.

Championing diversity from the start
At the turn of the twentieth century, Sir William Peat, as President of the ICAEW, championed changing the Institute’s rules to permit the admission of women. The first woman to qualify as an ICAEW accountant in 1924, Ethel Watts, was employed by his son, Sir Harry Peat, while in training.

The War Years
In the first and second World Wars the British government turned to Sir Harry Peat (son of William Barclay Peat) and appointed him to be financial secretary designate of the Ministry of Food The Ministry had the hugely important job of ensuring there were no food shortages in the UK. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic in the United States, Partner, William M. Black was involved in the Lend-Lease program, which Congress established in March 1941, before the United States formally entered the war, to provide weapons, equipment and other assistance to its allies. During the summer of 1942, Black moved to London on special assignment to the Mission for Economic Affairs, where he was in charge of materials procurement for the US$60 billion Lend-Lease program and provided support to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government.

Rapid change in the 70s and 80s
In 1978, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell Co (International) implemented a new structure and was renamed Peat Marwick International (PMI). Growth was on the agenda for Klynveld Kraayenhof & Co. too. Just a year later in 1979, the firm joined forces with DTG and McLintock Main Lafrentz to form Klynveld, Main Goerdeler (KMG). Just under a decade later, In 1986 PMI merged with KMG. On January 1, 1987, when the merger was announced to the public, the joint companies renamed to Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler. At the time it was the largest merger in the history of the accounting business.

The Record Breaking Continues

And we didn’t stop record breaking there. In the mid-90s, KPMG was the first of the big five to publish reports and accounts, and the first to create a values charter.

Our Leadership Team

The key responsibilities of the leadership include approving long-term strategy, protecting and enhancing the KPMG brand, and approving policies and regulations.

Executive Team

Tola Adeyemi

Senior Partner, KPMG in Nigeria & West Africa

Toyin Gbagi

Partner & Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Victor Onyenkpa

COO, KPMG Africa

Goodluck Obi

Partner & Head, Audit Services

Wale Ajayi

Partner & Head, Tax, Regulatory & People Services

Olumide Olayinka

Partner & Head, Advisory Services

Segun Sowande

Partner & Head, Strategy & Markets

Tomi Adepoju

Partner & Head, Enterprise Risk and ESG Services, People & Partner Matters

Boye Ademola

Partner & Head, Tech Platforms, Digital Transformation & Innovation

Chibuzor Anyanechi

Partner, Risk Management (RMP)

Audit Services

Kabir Okunola

Partner & Head, Financial Services Industry Audit & Assurance

Akinyemi Ashade

Partner, Financial Services Industry, Audit & Assurance

Ayo Othihiwa

Partner & Head, Financial Industry

Mohammed Adama

Partner, Audit Services, Consumer & Industrial Markets Audit & Assurance

Femi Awotoye

Partner, FSI Audit & Assurance

Ayo Soyinka

Partner & Head, ENR Audit & Assurance

Toyin Ogunlowo

Partner, ENR Audit & Assurance

Nneka Eluma

Partner, FSI Audit & Assurance

Chineme Nwigbo

Partner, ENR Audit & Assurance

Adegoke Oyelami

Partner, FSI Audit & Assurance

Dunni Okegbemila

Partner, Consumer/Industrial Markets Audit & Assurance

Elijah Oladunmoye

Partner, FSI Audit & Assurance

Omolara Ogun

Partner, Consumer/Industrial Markets Audit & Assurance

Oseme Obaloje

Partner, FSI Audit & Assurance

Uzodinma Nwankwo

Partner, CIM Audit & Assurance

Williams Erimona

Partner, Energy & Natural Resources Audit & Assurance

Tax, Regulatory & People Services (TRPS)

Adewale Ajayi

Partner, Tax Energy & Natural Resources and People Services

Ajibola Olomola

Partner, Tax, Deal Advisory and M&A

Tayo Ogungbenro

Partner & Head, Tax, Consumer and Industrial Markets & Transfer Pricing Services

Ayo Salami

Partner, Tax, Energy & Natural Resources

Nike James

Partner & Head, Tax, Financial Services, Deal Advisory and M&A

Olufemi Babem

Partner, Tax, Energy & Natural Resources and Consumer & Industrial Markets

Martins Arogie

Partner, Tax, Energy & Natural Resources Services

Advisory Services

Olumide Olayinka

Partner & Head, Risk Consulting & Innovation

Dimeji Salaudeen

Partner & Head, Deal Advisory

Segun Sowande

Partner & Head, Management Consulting Services

Boye Ademola

Partner, Operations & IT Enablement

Tomi Adepoju

Partner & Head, Internal Audit & Governance, Risk & Compliance Services

Yetunde Kanu

Partner, People & Change

Saheed Olawuyi

Partner, Risk Consulting

Ngozi Chidozie

Partner, Strategy & Consumer

Tolu Odukale

Partner, Internal Audit & Governance, Risk & Compliance Services

Ijeoma Emezie-Ezigbo

Partner, Transaction Services

Lawrence Amadi

Partner, IT Assurance

John Anyanwu

Partner, Cyber

Bimpe Afolabi

Partner, Internal Audit & Governance, Risk and Compliance Services

Ladi Asuni

Partner, Emerging Technology, Data & Analytics

Bolanle Afolabi

Partner & Lead, Accounting Advisory Services

Dolapo Adeosun

Partner, Transaction Services

Central Services Division


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KPMG Values

What We Look For

We recruit across a range of degree disciplines, skills, abilities and backgrounds. We want diversity, commitment, and ambition. We value innovative ideas and we’re interested in you and your unique take on the world. Your academic record is just a small part of what we consider.

Below are the Behavioural Capabilities we recruit for:
Delivers impact - The firm looks to invest in students that take accountability for their actions and always consider the wider implications – to the firm, colleagues, and the public at large. When working on projects, use innovative approaches that pull from a diverse range of perspectives to deliver against your priorities. 
Seek growth - Regularly reflect on how you can expand your knowledge and broaden your perspective. Take time to develop, motivate and work with others. Build meaningful, collaborative relationships with colleagues that enable you to deliver excellent outcomes.
Inspire trust - Drive quality and provide consistently exceptional service to our clients. Lead by example and act with integrity, speaking up when you see behaviour that is inconsistent with our Values. Foster a culture where people are encouraged to be themselves, so that everyone feels like they belong