Ian West has been appointed as head of the technology, media and communications (TMT) practice at the Big Four firm, effective immediately, and will replace Alex Holt, who will move to the US as the firm’s global head of media and telecommunications.
West, currently global client lead partner for a variety of KPMG’s largest clients, has been with the firm since 2001, being made partner in 2013. Prior to this he spent more than 3 years as a senior manager at software developer Magex, and before that at Natwest.
Meanwhile, David Elms has been appointed as chair of the TMT practice. He has more than 30 years’ experience within the sector and has been with KPMG since 1984, being made partner in 1998 and becoming head of the UK media sector in 2008.
Dion Shango has been appointed as Africa CEO, covering all of the firm’s operations across the continent, effective July 2019. He will succeed Hein Boegman, who has been in the role since 2015.
Shango, the current CEO of PwC Southern Africa, was appointed as CEO of Southern Africa in July 2015, the first black African to be appointed in this role, and was made regional senior partner of PwC Southern Africa at the same time. He was made partner in 2008.
Jeremy Wren, Carmen Diaz-Ortuno, Sarah Geldard, Mark Denslow Harry Swift, Shahzeb Memon, Will Mirams, Emma Coughlan, Sam Phillips and Neil Johnston have all been appointed to senior roles across the Big Four firm’s South West and Wales practice.
Wren, Diaz-Ortuno and Geldard have all join the firm’s financial services advisory services, three of seven senior appointments in the firm’s financial services team.
Denslow has been appointed in the financial services tax team, Swift in the people advisory services team and Memon in the financial services assurance team, while Mirams will lead the financial services life actuarial analytics team.
The remaining three appointees, Coughlan, Phillips and Johnston, will join the indirect tax, transaction advisory services and assurance teams respectively.