People and firms on the move: KPMG hires 10 to tax practice

BPM provides coronavirus online resource center; BKD debuts virtual chief information officer advisor services; and more CPA news.

Additionally, a number of industry events have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. An updated list of those postponements is available here.

BANGLADESH
Khan Akber & Co., Dhaka, became a member firm of international association Allinial Global.
BARBADOS
TW Thompson & Co., Bridgetown, became a member firm of international association Allinial Global.
BENIN
SEFIC International, Cotonou, joined global association Morison KSi.
CALIFORNIA
George Haynes was hired as a partner in the tax asset management practice and Kate Law was hired as a principal in the state and local tax practice at KPMG, San Francisco.

Expensify, San Francisco, is matching families on nutritional assistance for up to $50 of grocery purchases to help with the city’s shelter in place order in response to the coronavirus. The company has redirected all funds to its Expensify.org hunger cause and is asking for contributions.

BPM, San Francisco, is offering a free online resource center to help clients navigate the questions and concerns presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sophia Velastegui, chief technology officer for operation applications at Microsoft, has joined the board of directors at BlackLine, Los Angeles.
CAMEROON
Strategikonseil, Doula, joined global association Morison KSi.
CONNECTICUT
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Gregory Chambers (pictured), senior consultant at Blumshapiro, West Hartford, was appointed commissioner of the City of Hartford’s LGBTQ+ Commission.

The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk, is seeking nominations for new members to join the FAF Board of Trustees and the Private Company Council that advises the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Nominations are due April 30, and a full job description and application details are available here.
FLORIDA
Jay Carreno was hired as a managing director in the business tax services practice at KPMG, Miami.
GEORGIA
Gary Price was hired as a principal in the tax services family office practice at KPMG, Atlanta.
MISSOURI
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BKD, Springfield, announced a new service for BKD Cyber, virtual chief information officer advisor services (BKD vCIO), created to offset the cost of hiring a full-time CIO and offering key services like IT strategic planning, IT operational oversight, IT steering committee participation, disaster recovery planning and testing and exam and IT testing preparation
NEW YORK
KPMG, New York, announced new hires: Mohamed Jabir as a principal in the global mobility services practice; Wendy Rowls as a managing director in the business tax services practice’s ASC 740 Center for Excellence; Aaron Shafer as a managing director in the state and local tax practice; and Brett Thompson as a principal in the economic and valuation services practice. In other firm news, KPMG partnered with Thomson Reuters and three universities to develop an interactive case study to help modernize the skills of tax and accounting students. (Read the full story.)
PENNSYLVANIA
Isis Williams was hired as executive director at Horsey, Buckner & Heffler, Philadelphia.
TEXAS
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Whitley Penn was named the 16th largest accounting firm in the Austin area by Austin Business Journal based on the number of CPAs, a ranking four spots higher than 2019.

Invoiced, Austin, announced it is offering its accounts receivable automation solution to nonprofits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The new program is effective immediately and will be free for up to six months, until Sept. 16.


UNITED KINGDOM
The Association of Chartered Accountants, London, formed a partnership with Allinial Global, enabling Allinial Global to offer ACCA’s online courses and recorded webinars for purchase through their learning management system.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Rodney & Associates, Christiansted, became a member firm of international association Allinial Global.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Rose Jenkins (pictured) was hired as a managing director in the Washington national tax’s international tax group at KPMG.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service, independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service, is marking 20 years of service, having begun in March 2000 as a way to help and advocate for taxpayers. A special page was designed to celebrate 20 years of advocacy.
WISCONSIN
Daniel DeRocco was hired as a managing director in the ignition tax data & analytics practice at KPMG, Milwaukee.