KPMG in India strengthens core leadership team

KPMG in India has rejigged its senior leadership team in order to bring key strategic changes in the company in sync with its long-term, aggressive growth plans.

The company has announced three senior level appointments including Ambarish Dasgupta as the head of management consulting, Vikram Hosangady as head of private equity and Shalini Pillay as head, human resources.

Dasgupta has around 25 years of experience in business consulting, IT consulting and implementation & outsourcing, and he has been managing large strategy, process, people and IT-enabled re-engineering and business transformation projects till date. Prior to joining KPMG, he had been the consulting leader at PwC India for 15 years and was also a member of its India leadership team.

Commenting on the development, Richard Rekhy, CEO of KPMG India said, “I am delighted to welcome Ambarish into this new role. Given our increased focus on the consulting business, I am confident that Ambarish’s able and proven leadership will help steer the management consulting practice to achieve its true potential.”

Vikram Hosangady, who has been appointed as the head of private equity advisory practice at KMPG India, will succeed Vikram Utamsingh. Hosangady will also continue to head the transaction services practice where he has worked on more than 150 transactions – both in India and abroad.

VCCircle was the first to report  that Utamsingh, KPMG’s head of transactions and restructuring, had left the company. Utamsingh also led KPMG India’s private equity industry group, which counts Blackstone, Advent, Warburg Pincus and Bain Capital among its clients.

Earlier this week, Russell Parera, former CEO of KPMG India, joined Price Waterhouse, one of the PW India network firms.

Given the strategic importance of people in the business, the company has also taken a fresh look at managing human resource from a strategic perspective and hence roped in an experienced business line partner to oversee the matters of people, performance and culture.

In her new role, Shalini Pillay (she has been with the firm for more than nine years now) will be instrumental in charting the road map for KPMG’s people agenda in India. She will manage all aspects of the HR function, encompassing manpower planning, organisation design & development, talent management, learning & development, performance management, rewards & recognition and employee relations.

(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)

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