KPMG announces new global head of tax and legal practice

Incoming appointee established reputation for creativity and innovation over nearly 30 years of employment

KPMG announces new global head of tax and legal practice

KPMG International has announced its next global head of Tax & Legal services.

David Linke, KPMG’s current Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Tax and head of Tax, Deals and Legal for KPMG Australia, will step into the role effective October 1, 2020. He will be succeeding Jane McCormick, who has successfully led the Global Tax & Legal network since 2016.

“I am pleased to pass the torch to David, a valued leader whose relentless focus on and knowledge of the global tax landscape, as well as the new realities facing the profession, will yield meaningful results for our global network and member firm clients,” McCormick said in a statement.

Linke current serves on the International Tax Steering Group, as well as the KPMG regional board in the Asia Pacific. In his next role, he will serve on the KPMG Global Management Team led by KPMG International Chairman Bill Thomas.

“In his remarkable career, David has built a well-deserved reputation in market for taking a creative approach to complex business challenges, and helping clients to do the same,” Thomas said. “This is precisely the kind of leadership needed today, especially in the wake of Covid-19.”

Since joining KPMG’s Tax practice in 1993, Linke has cultivated extensive experience working with multinational organizations worldwide on varied tax and legal matters. He has a demonstrated expertise in structuring cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as a passion for technology and innovation within the tax department.

Through his time as head of Global Tax & Legal for KPMG Australia, Linke helped build one of the most successful practices in the KPMG network. He has also established himself as a leader in tax technology, leading the build-out of a significant tax technology and innovation team in Australia.

“The tax and legal professions face significant challenges in the need to transform and evolve, especially in these testing times,” Linke said. “For me, my role will be all about bringing people together with different points of view and empowering them to work together towards solutions for our clients, our profession and the communities we serve.”


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