New York (Aug. 20, 2002) -- KPMG has tapped Paul L. Snyder, head of the firm's Chicago office, as managing partner of the firm's Midwest Area, succeeding retiring partner Michael E. Lavin.Snyder, 53, will assume the post Oct. 1. He will remain based in Chicago, where he will oversee the U.S. firm's assurance and advisory services for its 16 Midwest offices. Lavin, 56, will retire Jan. 3, 2003, after 35 years with KPMG, including 25 years as a partner.

During his 32-year KPMG career, Snyder has been managing partner of the Minneapolis office and partner in charge of the firm's Midwest Financial Services practice. He is a member of the firm's U.S. and Americas Boards of Directors.

"Paul brings to the position a great deal of experience. He knows this region and its businesses well, providing the necessary leadership to continue KPMG's tradition of integrity and quality service to our clients in the Midwest," said Tim Flynn, Assurance Vice Chair for KPMG.

Lavin served as Midwest Area managing partner for the last nine years and has served on the U.S. firm's board of directors and management committee. His accomplishments include starting the Illinois High Technology Awards Program, serving as an SEC reviewing partner, and serving as the first national director for KPMG's manufacturing industry practice.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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