John Q. McGowan appointed to new role of KPMG Chief Information Officer, Global Tax


KPMG International has announced that John Q. McGowan has been appointed to the new role of Chief Information Officer, Global Tax.

McGowan is a 19-year veteran of KPMG and previously served as leader of the Tax Technology practice for KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. He brings to his new role extensive knowledge of tax technology as well as in-depth experience with KPMG’s network of member firms — in particular, the firm’s U.S. Tax practice, where he served for many years as a client-facing Tax professional before focusing on the use of technology to help drive efficiency in tax processes.

McGowan’s chief responsibility will be to help ensure that KPMG addresses the varied tax needs of its member firms’ clients using the latest technology.

“John understands the needs of our clients, having worked with some of the largest organizations around the world,” said Rick Smith, head of Global Delivery for KPMG International. “He knows how complex tax is and that it is getting more so each day. It’s great to have John on the team, helping our clients cut through that complexity, using technology to meet their needs in the most efficient and effective way.”
In recognition of KPMG’s Tax technology advances, KPMG’s International Executive Services practice was recently awarded “Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility” (Program Management) and “Highly Commended Best Vendor Partnership” at the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs).
“These awards underscore that our firm’s technology is highly regarded by industry professionals and clients,” said McGowan. “In my new global role, I look forward to continuing to work with my KPMG colleagues to advance innovation in our Tax technology tools around the world that can deliver strategic value for our multinational clients.”

McGowan has been with KPMG LLP since 1993 and has led the U.S. firm’s Tax Technology practice since 2004. He is a certified public accountant licensed in the District of Columbia and North Carolina, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He holds both a master of accounting degree and bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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