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.

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