KPMG Australia promotes from within: David Linke is new Head of Tax
Mrs Garnon will move into a new role which will include leading two key growth initiatives for the firm – launching a new ‘people advisory’ collaboration offering between the firm’s Tax and Advisory practices, and continuing to build out KPMG’s legal services practice.
Mr Linke’s appointment follows a rigorous process of consultation and market analysis, considering internal and market candidates domestically and internationally.
“I am delighted to be able to promote from within after such a tough validation process. It is a credit to the quality of our upcoming leaders that ultimately the best candidate came from within the firm,” said CEO, Gary Wingrove. “David will drive an aggressive investment program for the Tax practice. His strengths are respected within the firm and the Australian market and will be critical for pursuing the market leading position for KPMG’s Tax practice.”
Mr Linke joined KPMG as a graduate and rapidly progressed in seniority. He is currently the Head of Corporate Tax. Client focused and results driven, he is a lead partner on several of the firm’s major tax accounts and has almost 20 years’ experience advising financial sponsors and Australian listed companies on transactions, as well as international and M&A tax issues. Mr Linke brings a wealth of client experience across a range of sectors and industries to the role.
Mr Wingrove acknowledged the significant contribution Mrs Garnon had made while holding the leadership role
“Rosheen is a highly respected senior partner with KPMG internationally. In her capacity as a member of the KPMG International Tax Steering Group, she has been a strong contributor to the firm’s global strategic tax agenda, most recently leading a review of KPMG’s global tax technology. She has been passionate and prominent in advocating for reform of Australia’s tax laws, including representing the firm last month at the Senate Inquiry into tax avoidance and minimisation.”
To ensure a smooth, effective transition Mr Linke will immediately join the firm’s National Executive Committee alongside Mrs Garnon. As a member of KPMG Australia’s Board, Mr Linke will now step down from that role.