People in the news: KPMG, Deloitte, Grant Thornton

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, KPMG’s current head of Brexit swaps roles to head up the firm’s financial crime practice, Deloitte appoints a senior partner in its European cyber security practice, and a director joins Grant Thornton’s financial services tax practice

Karen Briggs, who has been head of Brexit at KPMG for 18 months, has been appointed to head up the firm’s financial crime practice. Briggs is a forensic and regulatory specialist by background and has been with the firm for over 30 years, advising global regulated businesses in a number of sectors on complex international regulatory matters.  James Stewart, previously head of global infrastructure for KPMG, has been appointed UK vice chair and head of Brexit at the firm.

Deloitte has appointed Rob Wainwright as a senior partner in its European cyber security practice. He joins from Europol, the EU law enforcement agency, where he has been executive director for the past nine years. Wainwright has had a 25-year career in intelligence, policing, government, EU and international affairs, including at the Serious Organised Crime Agency, National Criminal Intelligence Service and the British Security Service. 

Grant Thornton has appointed Martin Killer as director in its financial services tax practice. Thornton has experience of advising global financial institutions with respect to operational taxes, including FATCA, CRS, QI/QDD, Corporate Criminal Offence and withholding tax reclaims. His work spans the financial services industry including large international banks, wealth managers, global investment funds and insurance companies.

Adrian Wong has joined BDO as head of digital and innovation. He joins following three years as creative director at AstraZeneca where he was responsible for driving the firm’s global innovation, thought-leadership and technology transformation strategy. In this newly-created role, Wong will join the firm’s CIO-led IT department in developing digital solutions for BDO’s ambitious, high-growth clients and to enhance its own business operations.

Nexia has appointed audit IT expert Darren Enderson as its first chief digital and information officer. Enderson previously worked at BDO for 18 years, where he was head of IT architecture with both a local and global remit. Globally, he chaired the technical committee overseeing the international network’s audit technology platform, which supported the global audit methodology used by member firms. In the UK he was responsible for ensuring that business needs were supported by IT strategies.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has appointed Julia Unwin CBE and Jenny Watson CBE to its board with effect from 1 April 2018. Unwin is chair of the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in England and was chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation from 2007 to 2016. She is also a non-executive director at Mears Group and at Yorkshire Water. Watson is chair of the Independent Complaints Council at Portman Group and a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service. She is also Chair of the House of St Barnabas.

Report by Amy Austin

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