KPMG names new Americas chair

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P. Scott Ozanus has been appointed chairman of the Americas Region of Big Four firm KPMG, effective immediately.

He succeeds Bill Thomas, who was recently elected global chairman of the firm, and as part of his new role, he will join the firm’s global board and its executive committee.

Within KPMG, Ozanus is noted as a “driving force” behind the “One Firm” approach that aims to bring together staff and resources from different practice areas to better serve clients.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to strengthen our coordination and work across the Americas region and around the globe," Ozanus said in a statement. "My top priority continues to be joining all of our people in the stewardship of KPMG. Stewardship is critical, ensuring that we continue to be a culture of innovative client service, boundless opportunity, and commitment to our communities."

Ozanus will continue to serve as deputy chair and chief operating officer of KPMG U.S., a role he has held since 2012. Prior to being elected deputy chair, he served as vice chair of tax, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office, and as a regional MP in the tax practice. He started his career with Arthur Andersen.

"In working closely with Scott, I have seen first-hand the example he sets as a steward of our firm," said KPMG U.S. chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie in a statement. "His extensive business expertise, combined with his passion for our people, values and brand, has positioned him well for this role."

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