ND alum John B. Veihmeyer Selected Global Chairman of KPMG
Published: March 21, 2014 / Author: Mendoza College
KPMG International today announced that John B.
Veihmeyer has been selected by its board of directors as
KPMG’s next Global Chairman, to succeed Michael Andrew
who is retiring after serving as global chairman since May
Veihmeyer currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer
of KPMG’s U.S. firm, and will continue in those roles as Global Chairman.
He received the unanimous support of the Board and his selection is expected to
be ratified at the March meeting of senior partners from KPMG’s network of
firms around the world. He will continue to be based in New York
Veihmeyer earned his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the
University of Notre Dame in 1977, and currently serves as a member of the
Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council.
“I congratulate John on being selected as the next KPMG
Global Chairman,” said Andrew. “He is an outstanding leader, a good
friend and has already made a significant contribution to KPMG in his
leadership of the U.S. member firm. He is the ideal person to lead our network
into this next important phase of our growth.”
“The opportunity to lead KPMG globally is a privilege and
honor, and I look forward to working alongside our incredibly talented
professionals from around the world,” said Veihmeyer, who began his career
with KPMG. “My focus will be continuing to strengthen our global
reputation for quality and professionalism, as well as our status as one of the
world’s great places to work and build a career.”
Veihmeyer has served as Chairman and CEO of KPMG’s firm in the
U.S. since 2010. He also currently serves as Chairman of KPMG’s Americas
region, a position from which he will step down upon becoming Global
Chairman. He is a member of KPMG’s global executive team, and has
previously held numerous other leadership roles at KPMG, including as Deputy
U.S. Chairman; managing partner of KPMG’s Washington, D.C.
operations; and Global Head of Risk Management and Regulatory.
A recognized leader on the issues of diversity in the workforce,
education and the critical role of ethics and integrity in business leadership,
he has consistently been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in
Accounting by Accounting Today magazine, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential
People in Corporate Governance by Directorship Magazine.
In 2013, Veihmeyer was honored as “Responsible CEO of the
Year” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In 2011, he received the
CEO Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices for his commitment to
diversity, and he has also been recognized for his work on KPMG’s Family for
Literacy (KFFL), a signature community outreach initiative dedicated to
fighting childhood illiteracy. In its five-year history, KFFL has
provided more than 2 million books to children in need and refurbished
libraries around the U.S.
Veihmeyer is also a member of the Business
Roundtable. He serves on the Governing Board for the Center for Audit
Quality (CAQ) and the board of the U.S.-India Business Council. He is
currently Co-Chair of CEOs Against Cancer, and a Board member of the Committee
Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and the Business-Higher Education
Veihmeyer lives with his wife in Maryland. He has three
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