Former KPMG SA CEO is now the firm's Global Head of People

08 July 2019 Consultancy.co.za

Nhlamu Dlomu, who has been CEO of KPMG in South Africa until recently, has now been appointed the Big Four accounting and advisory firm’s Global Head of People. Dlomu will take up her new role from the eight of July this year, and will be based out of the firm’s London office.

Her role as Global Head of People is essentially to manage the firm’s human resources portfolio worldwide. Up until this appointment, Dlomu has been fulfilling an ethics in leadership role for the firm’s global outfit, a role that was created especially for her after she stepped down as CEO of KPMG SA.

Dlomu was appointed CEO of KPMG in 2017 as part of an entire reshuffle of the firm’s leadership team in South Africa, after a degree of reputational damage was caused due to revelations surrounding the Gupta scandal. However, the new team proved unsuccessful at the time, and the firm continued to lose business.

Nhlamu Dlomu, Global Head of People - KPMG

Late last year, it was announced that KPMG would seek a new CEO for its South Africa outfit, while Dlomu would occupy her new ethics in leadership role. The move came amid a number of other restructuring efforts, and substantial scaling back of the firm’s operations.

Dlomu holds a degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Witwatersand, and has been at KPMG for four years. Her new appointment was announced in an internal statement by Chairman of KPMG South Africa Wiseman Nkuhlu, who has considerable praise for Dlomu’s work at KPMG. 

“I’m delighted to announce that our global chairman, Bill Thomas has appointed Nhlamu Dlomu as the new global head of people. Prior to being the CEO of KPMG South Africa, many of you would remember that Nhlamu was head of people in the firm, and more recently, the head of global culture and organisational development,” said Nkuhlu.

“I have no doubt that Nhlamu’s leadership experience as well as human resources and change management expertise will prove invaluable to drive the global collective strategy forward. Nhlamu will be relocating to London and will join the global chairman’s executive committee,” he added.


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