A senior audit partner and governance specialist is being promoted as KPMG Australia's new national chair.
Stepping into the role on 1 September 2017, Alison Kitchen will be KPMG Australia's first woman chair. She will also be the first woman to chair one the big four professional services firms in Australia.
KPMG said Kitchen has led numerous major global KPMG accounts including spanning financial services and energy and resources. Senior roles have included being the leader of KPMG's National Energy and Resources practice in Australia; a board member of KPMG Australia; and an active member of Chief Executive Women.
Kitchen commenced her career with KPMG in the UK, working in the audit and tax practices, before moving to KPMG's Perth office where she worked in internal and external audit, corporate finance and restructuring roles.
This included leading teams supporting some of the country's largest and most complex transactions and transformations. She is currently based in Melbourne where she specialises in external audit, management and governance.
Outgoing national chairman Peter Nash will work closely with Kitchen to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Nash said Kitchen is well known and respected by boards and chief executives across Australia "as a leader and effective decision maker."
"She will work closely with Gary Wingrove, our chief executive, to lead the firm's future in Australia, and represent the Australian firm in the international arena," Nash said.
Kitchen said she has boundless energy and enthusiasm for the chair role.
"I look forward to utilising my experience to help inform public debate and bridge the current trust deficit between business, politics and society," she said.