Christa Gordon heads KPMG’s management consulting practice

22 July 2021 2 min. read
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KPMG has named Christa Gordon the new managing partner of its Australian management consulting business. She succeeds Ian Hancock.

Christa Gordon is currently the chief operating officer of KPMG Australia’s management consulting division, and has been a partner with the firm for almost two decades. She also is an Indigenous sector business leader, serving as a director of majority Indigenous-owned joint venture partner Arrilla Indigenous Consulting.

A Bachelor of Commerce holder with the Australian National University, the German-born consultant was recruited to KPMG upon graduation, since amassing more than three decades of audit and advisory experience across the private and public sectors. Gordon has held several national leadership roles during her career at KPMG, including as partner in charge for Government Advisory Services.

Christa Gordon, Managing Partner Management Consulting, KPMG

From there, she spent five years establishing and leading KPMG’s Policy, Programs & Evaluation service line, which focuses on public policy and programs, economics, and government relations, bringing together a wide range of sector expertise including in education, human services, health and ageing, transport, and infrastructure. In 2018, Gordon added the management consulting COO role to her portfolio.

As national managing partner she replaces Ian Hancock, who is thought to have narrowly missed out to Andrew Yates for the KPMG CEO job earlier this year. Hancock, a more than two decade veteran at the firm, will instead take over as global head of consulting at KPMG later this year. US-based partner Miriam Hernandez-Kakol is currently listed as Global Head of KPMG’s management consulting wing.

As part of her new remit, Gordon will replace Hancock on KPMG’s national executive committee, not long after a recent reshuffle which saw three new female additions – Karen Parkes, Eileen Hoggett, and Dorothy Hisgrove. At the time of the announcement in June, KPMG noted that the committee had achieved gender parity for the first time, a balance which is now further enhanced with Gordon’s addition.