KPMG is pleased to announce that Honson To, Chairman, KPMG China, has been elected Chairman of KPMG Asia Pacific with effect from 1 October 2017, succeeding Sai Choy Tham.
“It is a great honour to be elected the next KPMG Asia Pacific Chairman,” Honson said. “With the region playing a central role in global growth, this is a very exciting time to take on the Asia Pacific chairmanship. I am very much looking forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients as they tackle increasingly complex business challenges and helping them deliver real results.”
In addition to his new role, Honson will also continue his role with Benny Liu as Chairmen of the China firm.
In congratulating Honson on his election, Sai Choy said: “Honson is well-qualified to represent the region in the global network. I know that Honson is looking forward to the challenge of serving in this new role, and I am sure that you will join me and the Asia Pacific Board in giving him your full support and wishing him every success.”
Honson began his career with KPMG in Canada in 1990 where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. He joined KPMG’s Hong Kong office in 1997 before moving to the Shanghai office in 2001. He is currently based in Beijing having made the move from Shanghai in 2010.
Honson has extensive experience working with international clients investing in China as well as Chinese clients investing overseas, providing due diligence, valuation and advice on mergers and acquisitions.
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KPMG China operates in 16 cities across China, with around 10,000 partners and staff in Beijing, Beijing Zhongguancun, Chengdu, Chongqing, Foshan, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR. With a single management structure across all these offices, KPMG China can deploy experienced professionals efficiently, wherever our client is located.
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and regions, and have 189,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
In 1992, KPMG became the first international accounting network to be granted a joint venture licence in mainland China. KPMG China was also the first among the Big Four in mainland China to convert from a joint venture to a special general partnership, as of 1 August 2012. Additionally, the Hong Kong office can trace its origins to 1945. This early commitment to the China market, together with an unwavering focus on quality, has been the foundation for accumulated industry experience, and is reflected in the Chinese member firm’s appointment by some of China’s most prestigious companies.