The number of partner and executive director appointments is up from 35 last year.
Twenty-three new partners (60 per cent) are from the firm’s Advisory division, almost double last year’s 35 per cent.
Notably, 70 per cent (16 partners) of the new Advisory partners are from the division’s Management Consulting practice.
KPMG’s chief executive, Gary Wingrove, said this reflects the firm’s expectation that global revenues from KPMG’s Management Consulting practice will double over the next five years.
“The demand is for multi-specialist consulting, bringing a breadth of specialists together to add value by delivering collective insights. We are making significant investments in Australia to support this growth,” Mr Wingrove said.
Fifteen new partners joined other divisions of the firm including Audit, which has recently successfully tendered to audit a number of big name companies including Downer EDI and Lend Lease.
Tax appointments supported expectations of growth in that area of the practice too.
“We anticipate long-term demand for Transfer Pricing, International Tax, Indirect Tax, Tax Law, and Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution services,” said Mr Wingrove.
KPMG’s expanding Private Enterprise practice took on five new partners; a new executive director joins the firm’s Direct Investments team to support the momentum in M&A activity; and a new partner will also lead KPMG’s Pursuits team, with the incumbent partner promoted to a global position.
Twenty-four percent of KPMG’s new partners are women, with the firm claiming a healthy female representation in the future partner pipeline.
“We recognise that there is still much to be done to achieve our gender targets. As such, we have put in place a number of initiatives that will support our efforts in achieving 25 percent female partners, and 40 percent women in senior leadership by 2016," said Mr Wingrove.
“Our internal pipeline of future female partners has never been stronger, with 43 percent female representation in our Tasman Partner development program, which has been designed to retain and develop a sustainable pipeline of female talent,” Mr Wingrove said.
KPMG’s new partners for the 2014/15 year are:
Kevin Altermatt: Management Consulting, Melbourne
Maritza Araneda: Audit, Energy & Natural Resources, Melbourne
Raj R. Bhat: Debt Advisory Services, Sydney
Duane Cadman: Executive Director, Direct Investments, Sydney
Jeremy Capes: Tax, Global Transfer Pricing, Sydney
Julie Carey: Audit, Energy & Natural Resources, Melbourne
Sascha Chandler: Risk Consulting, Sydney
Simon Clark: Tax, Asia Pacific, Singapore
Edwin Davis: Risk Consulting, Sydney
Sarah Dunn: Tax Law, Sydney
Nicole Feely: Management Consulting, Canberra
Christopher Foster: Management Consulting, Sydney
Jeff Frazer: Private Enterprise QLD, Gold Coast
Dean Grandy: Management Consulting, Canberra
Jane Gunn: Management Consulting, Canberra
Carl Gunther: Restructuring Services, Sydney
Leanne Hegarty: Private Enterprise NSW, Sydney
Mardi Heinrich: Tax, International Executive Services, Sydney
Daniel Houseman: Management Consulting, Melbourne
Stephen Isaac: Audit, Corporates, Sydney
Toni Jones: Private Enterprise VIC, Melbourne
Mike Kalms: Management Consulting, Melbourne
Kristina Kipper: Tax, R&D Incentives, Sydney
Brendan Larsen: Mergers & Acquisitions, Brisbane
Bernie Lauinger: Management Consulting, Canberra
David Lloyd: Management Consulting, Sydney
Paul Low: Management Consulting, Brisbane
Malcolm Lowe-Lauri: Executive Director, Management Consulting, Brisbane
Darren McGowan: Management Consulting, Melbourne
Ashley Miller: Private Enterprise SA, Adelaide
Paul Morris: Infrastructure and Projects, Brisbane
Stephen Murphy: Tax, Infrastructure, Sydney
David Pring: Private Enterprise NSW, Sydney
Evan Rawstron: Management Consulting, Sydney
Michael Rowland: Management Consulting, Melbourne
Peter Sexton: Management Consulting, Adelaide
Ben van Delden: Markets and Growth, Melbourne
Gerard Vigneron: Management Consulting, Melbourne