In today’s edition of “Big 4-on-Big 4 Poaching From Around the World,” we have two more examples of PwCers hoping the grass is more greener at KPMG.
First, we go to Scotland where Rob Aitken left PwC to become KPMG’s newest transaction services director in Aberdeen. The website Insider.co.uk got some information about KPMG of the Scottish variety’s latest hire:
Rob Aitken will be based at the firm’s new city centre offices in Aberdeen, providing support to a range of clients, including energy firms, as they navigate their way through the region’s transition towards a low-carbon economy.
With almost 20 years’ experience, he joins KPMG from PwC in Aberdeen.
Aitken commented: “Oil and gas and energy services will remain critical to the Scottish economy for decades to come, but on a path that embraces the goal of net zero and carbon neutrality; the entrepreneurial spirit of the North East will be critical to this success.
“Scotland is fortunate to have a wide mix of business across several sectors and it is exciting to work across these as we return to a growth economy.”
Aitken definitely has the bona fides for his new role, given his experience in dealing with clients in the oil and gas sector.
He was most recently a senior manager in PwC’s Transaction Services U.K. Oil and Gas team and said he was a “buy and sell side diligence provider/deals advisor specialising in the Oil and Gas sector – including Exploration and Production and Oilfield Services,” according to his LinkedIn profile.
Aitken also spent time as a manager and senior manager of assurance at PwC.
Next we go to the United Arab Emirates where Big 4 veteran Firas Haddad recently left the partnership at PwC to become partner of internal audit, risk, and compliance services at KPMG Lower Gulf.
According to the website Consultancy-me.com, Haddad will be based in KPMG’s One Central offices in Dubai, where he will be responsible for clients in the government, public sector, tourism and hospitality, aviation, and economic development sectors, as well as large family business dispersed across the region.
He’s now set foot in 75% of the Big 4 firms and cut his accounting teeth at Arthur Andersen:
After starting his career with Arthur Andersen, he then went on to work for EY (which acquired Arthur Andersen in the Middle East in 2001), and most recently PwC for thirteen years, of which the past eight years as a partner.
At the Big Four firm, he led its Business Controls and Enterprise Risk offering with a specific focus on digitisation. His expertise also covers advising clients in setting up and transforming enterprise risk management, professionalisation of the internal audit function, business control, regulatory compliance, financial governance, and outsourcing/co-sourcing of financial and accounting processes.
KPMG appoints transaction services director in Aberdeen [Insider.co.uk]
Firas Haddad joins KPMG’s Lower Gulf partner team [Consultancy-me.com]