Competitive poaching of PPMDs among midtier accounting firms has been rampant lately, whether they are taking people away from the Big 4 or from other midtier firms. Even the FASB isn’t immune from being poached. While watching the hiring games these firms are playing is fun and all, we’ve been patiently waiting for some Big 4-on-Big 4 action. And finally we got some. Thanks KPMG.
George Gans has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, as a partner in the firm’s Business Tax Services (BTS) practice, based in Pittsburgh. Most recently, he served as the tax managing partner of Deloitte’s Pittsburgh business unit.
Gans brings to KPMG more than 20 years of diverse experience working with U.S. multinational enterprises in areas such as federal tax, M&A and structuring, accounting methods planning, and international tax. His Big 4 background also includes providing business and inbound tax services to multinational corporations and acting as a country tax liaison with France and Israel.
“We’re looking forward to having George become part of our Business Tax Services practice and our firm,” said Pete Beale, KPMG’s business tax unit partner for Pennsylvania. “We’re confident he will be a great source of leadership and experience for our clients and our team in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania.”
Gans spent more than 20 years in D-town, starting at the firm’s Los Angeles office in 1998 after graduating from Michigan State University. And he was probably throwing some shade around the office in 2014 when the Spartans played the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.
MSU beat Stanford 24-20.
Here are some other interesting facts about Gans:
- He served as a Captain in the Israeli Air Force.
- He worked for Hilton Hotels Corp. in Paris and completed a management trainee program in the food and beverage department at the then-newly opened hotel at the Charles De Gaulle Airport.
- He is fluent in French and Hebrew.
Now that KPMG has broken the Big 4 poaching drought, maybe there will be a rekindling of the PwC/KPMG rivalry. We can only hope.