KPMG appoints James Kergon as partner
KPMG has appointed James Kergon as its new senior partner to lead the firm’s Glasgow offices.
In addition to overseeing KPMG’s largest Scottish base, Mr Kergon will continue in his role as head of deals in Scotland.
Mr Kergon joined the firm as a graduate in 1998 and became a partner in 2016. He succeeds Phil Charles, who after five years as senior partner in Glasgow, has stepped down to focus on his clients and will work closely with Mr Kergon to grow KPMG’s share of the private enterprise market.
In his new position as office senior partner in Glasgow, Mr Kergon will play a key role in driving the future growth and success of KPMG in Scotland, working alongside Aberdeen office senior partner, Martin Findlay, and Edinburgh senior partner & Scotland regional chair, Catherine Burnet.
Commenting on his appointment, James Kergon said: “It’s a real privilege to take on the role of senior partner in the city where I joined the firm 22 years ago, and particularly in our 150th year of supporting businesses in the UK. Glasgow has shaped my career, and our incredible team on the ground, working alongside a high calibre business community, perfectly reflects the city’s dynamism and reputation for entrepreneurialism and industrial innovation.
“The last few months have been extremely challenging for many, denting confidence and forcing us all to question what the future will look like. I believe our business in Scotland’s largest city is in an incredibly strong position to lead from the front, working closely with clients to navigate a return to sustainable, long-term growth.
“While I can’t be at any of our three city centre offices in person right now, I’m already getting to work on delivering our strategy and continuing KPMG’s Scottish success story.”
Catherine Burnet, Scottish regional chair at KPMG, added: “With more than 1,200 employees across Scotland, KPMG is a significant player in the country’s economy. We work with businesses of all sizes and in a range of sectors, and our support has never been more important.
“With James at the helm in Glasgow, I’m confident we’re in a great position to play our part in rebuilding the Scottish economy and helping to restore long-term growth and business optimism.”