Former CEO of KPMG Tax becomes overall CEO for UK firm

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KPMG LLP (UK) has named Colin Cook as its new U.K. Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’). He will succeed John Griffith-Jones who becomes KPMG’s U.K. Senior Partner on October 1, 2006.

Mr Cook has wide experience of the capital markets, transactions and business and financial advisory work, both in the U.K. and globally. He has been involved in many of the largest public deals over the last 15 years, including the merger of AstraZeneca and the Vodafone-Mannesmann and RBS-NatWest takeovers.

He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1979 and joined KPMG in 1980, becoming a partner in 1990. He was European Head of KPMG’s Transaction Services practice from 1998 until 2004, when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KPMG’s U.K Tax and People Services practice.

Colin Cook said: “I am looking forward to the challenges of my new role and will pursue our strategy of investing in our people and expanding the range and quality of our services.

John Griffith-Jones said: “I am delighted that Colin will be KPMG’s next Chief Executive Officer. He has done an excellent job as CEO of Tax and People Services and I am sure he will help to lead KPMG from strength to strength.”

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