Three new faces join KPMG's national executive committee

13 June 2021 3 min. read
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The executive committee of KPMG has announced the inclusion of three new members: external hire Dorothy Hisgrove and internal promotions Karen Parkes and Eileen Hoggett.

Big Four professional services firm KPMG has unveiled its new national executive committee (NEC) ahead of incoming CEO Andrew Yates ascension to the top role, including three new faces in Karen Parkes, Eileen Hoggett, and Dorothy Hisgrove – the latter after a recent period with competitor PwC. The inclusion of the three women brings gender parity to the twelve-strong team.

“As Australia emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s crucial we provide strong leadership and considered advice for our clients,” said Yates, who is set to take up his new post at the beginning of next month. “Without exception, all our NEC members are experienced and values-driven leaders with track records of sustained high performance. I’m excited about what we can achieve.”

Karen Parkes, Eileen Hoggett and Dorothy Hisgrove

Karen Parkes
Consulting partner Karen Parkes has been elevated to the newly created role of National Managing Partner – Firm Transformation. A master’s-holder in Human Resource Management, Parkes first joined the firm in 2008 before making partner in 2016. Currently KPMG ’s Financial Services Leader for Management Consulting, Parkes has expertise in operations and customer experience transformations.

Eileen Hoggett
An almost thirty-year KPMG veteran, national External Audit head Eileen Hoggett has been promoted to National Managing Partner – Audit, Assurance & Risk Consulting. Hoggett joined the firm in 1993 following a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with the University of Canberra, and was elevated to partner in 2005. She has led the national external audit team since 2017.

Dorothy Hisgrove
PwC’s Chief People Officer until the end of last year – a role she performed for four and a half years – Hisgrove joins KPMG as National Managing Partner for People & Inclusion. An impressive resume has seen Hisgrove in human resources leadership roles with NAB, Australia Post and the AFL among others. She was also recently appointed as a director at the Essendon Football Club – adding to an already long list of AFL club board members with links to the consulting realm.

“We’re determined to build on the momentum generated under Gary’s leadership during the past eight years,” Yates stated. “At what will be a critical time in Australia’s economic recovery, having such a high-calibre leadership team that balances the need for continuity with the impetus of fresh voices will help guide our support for our people and clients.”

Continuing committee members
Tanya Gilerman (Risk Management, Chief Risk Officer)
Ian Hancock (Management Consulting & Investments)
David Heathcote (Deals, Tax & Legal)
Amanda Hicks (Client Experience & Brand)
Paul Howes (Enterprise)
Martin Sheppard (Client Growth & Markets)
Damian Templeton (Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer)
Sarah Vega (Innovation, Solutions & Ventures)