– USA, NY – KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, today announced the first appointment of an independent director to its U.S. Board of Directors, General (ret) Janet C. Wolfenbarger. Additional independent directors will be named in the coming months.

“In today’s complex and fast-moving global business environment, successful organizations regularly reassess their missions and responsibilities to the markets they serve,” said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO. “The addition of this highly qualified and accomplished independent director to KPMG’s U.S. Board will ensure a broader range of constructive viewpoints and provide experience complementary to the deep expertise of our partners who serve on our Board. KPMG is a vibrant private partnership with a rich 120 year history, and we are pleased to add a new director whose impressive credentials and character will benefit and further strengthen our firm.”

General (ret) Janet C. Wolfenbarger brings to KPMG’s Board the highest degree of integrity, respect and service. Having retired in 2015, after 35 years as a decorated and respected military officer, Janet is the United States Air Force’s first four-star female general. Prior to her retirement, she was inducted into the Order of the Sword, which, according to an Air Force news release is “the highest honor the enlisted force can bestow upon an individual for their conspicuous and significant contributions to the welfare and prestige of the enlisted force, to mission effectiveness, and to the overall military establishment.” With an extremely impressive background, Janet brings unique insights on management, leadership and the uses of technology and innovative solutions that will diversify KPMG’s current Board conversations and perspectives.

Doughtie added, “We’re confident that the addition of General Wolfenbarger and future independent directors is good for our firm and our profession — and underscores to our clients, regulators and the public that we are resolute about change and steadfast in our commitment to quality, innovative thinking and a values-driven culture. We have taken the bold step to incorporate independent directors prominently into our governance, not just as outside advisors, but placing them squarely in KPMG’s chain of command to work alongside us as we continue to build a stronger and better firm.”

About KPMG LLP

KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations.

KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, inclusion and diversity, and eradicating childhood illiteracy.

KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 197,000 professionals working in 154 countries.

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