KPMG Singapore strengthens leadership team with ten new partners

10 September 2019 Consultancy.asia

KPMG in Singapore has strengthened its partnership ranks with ten new additions, taking the firm’s overall total of partners above 120.

The Singaporean practice of global professional services firm KPMG has promoted ten new partners across its Tax, Audit, Advisory and Clients & Markets divisions, taking the firm’s number of partners to a 124 in total. The admissions will take effect at the beginning of next month, with five women among the new partners: Jingyi Lee and Anulekha Samant in the Tax practice, Siew Yilin in Audit, and Suhasini Ranganathan and Shirley Hu in Advisory.

They are joined by Chen Junwei (Audit), Chua Zongfu, Leon Ong, and Umair Hameed (Advisory), and Peter Lim within Clients & Markets. “These new Partners are outstanding professionals and have built deep relationships with clients, developed a wealth of expertise and demonstrated a real understanding of our firm’s values and culture,” said KPMG Singapore Managing Partner Ong Pang Thye.

“Their diverse skills and experiences reflect the increasing demand from our clients in wealth management, cyber security, business and regulatory transformation and demonstrate our commitment to provide clients with access to the highest-quality advice under one roof,” Pang Thye continued. “This year, we are also pleased to further strengthen our diversity as five of the ten new Partners are female.”

Chua Zongfu, Leon Ong, Shirley Hu, Suhasini Raganathan, Umair Hameed

Advisory

One of five partnership additions to KPMG’s advisory team, Chua Zongfu advises clients on cyber incident response, forensic investigations and litigation support, having been instrumental in the setup of the first few cyber-ranges in Singapore. Zongfu, who holds a master’s degree in Computing from the National University of Singapore, has been with KPMG for the past four years, previously working as a staff officer for the Singapore Ministry of Defence.

Originally joining KPMG in Australia in 2004, financial advisory professional Leon Ong later served in the Big Four firm’s London office, before crossing to Singapore as a director in 2016. Focused on wealth and investment management consulting, Ong has help carry out large change projects and system implementations across London, Zurich, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. He holds a masters in Commerce from the University of new South Wales.

Previously a senior manager, Shirley Hu also initially joined KPMG in 2004, and specialises in reinsurance advisory, working with various types of insurance entities including life and non-life direct insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s syndicates and captives. In 2016, Hu served for a year as an Associate Vice President of the Internal Audit department of Allied World Insurance, responsible for managing APAC audit activities, and has since served as a director at KPMG.

Likewise a director, M&A and private equity specialist Suhasini Raganathan crossed to KPMG Singapore in 2012 via the firm’s office in Bangalore, which she initially joined in 1999, rising to associate director in its transactions and restructuring team. She has since gained cross-discipline deal experience on more than 200 transactions, with a current focus on advisory in the energy, infrastructure, TMT, consumer, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Umair Hameed meanwhile joins the Singapore partnership ranks via the United Arab Emirates, where he has been serving as head of FinTech and RegTech in the Financial Services Advisory division at KPMG Lower Gulf – a role through which he has been recently collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Global Market on a number of initiatives. Prior to joining KPMG, Hameed spent a decade spent between Deloitte and Deloitte Monitor across various locations in the Middle East.

Chen Junwei, Anulekha Samant, Lee Jingyi and Peter Lim

Audit, Tax, and Clients & Markets

KPMG Singapore’s Audit practice welcomes two new partners: Chen Junwei, who specialises in leading audit engagements of banking clients, and Siew Yilin, who specialises in the audit of government clients and other diversified industries. Siew, who is also a member the KPMG A*STAR joint lab, has been with KPMG since 2007 following an earlier internship, while Junwei joins the local partnership ranks after just over thirteen years.

Anulekha Samant and Lee Jingyi have meanwhile been admitted to the firm’s tax practice, Samant after joining in the middle of last year from PwC, where she served for over twelve years. Earlier, she was with RSM in India, and specialises in tax-related matters in real estate and asset management. Lee, currently director of Transfer Pricing and serving the real estate, banking, sovereign wealth fund and F&B sectors, has on the other hand been with KPMG Singapore since mid-2009.

Lastly, Peter Lim makes partner after 28 years with KPMG in various roles and corners of the globe, including regional experience in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Currently leading KPMG Singapore’s client care and growth agenda, Lim initially served in the firm’s audit practice, before spending a period with the Financial Services and Global Markets team in London. In 2003, Lim helped establish KPMG Singapore’s Pursuits Centre of Excellence – a function he still runs today.


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