Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler | KPMG | RU

Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler

Dr. Reinhard Goerdeler

And the last of the founding fathers of KPMG was born in 1922 in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia).

And the last of the founding fathers of KPMG was born in 1922 in Königsberg, Germany

His father, Carl Goerdeler was the mayor of Leipzig from 1930 to 1937 and, quite unexpectedly, the leader of an underground resistance group that planned to kill Hitler and organize a new government with Goerdeler Sr. as chancellor.

A pity these plans were not fated to come true. During World War II Carl Goerdeler provided critical information about conditions in Germany, but on 20 July 1944, when the assassination attempt on Hitler failed, all Goerdelers, except Carl, were arrested and jailed as political prisoners.

If Reinhard weren’t released, our company would probably be named KMPM (G wouldn’t have been in the KMG acronym, so PMI would have merged with KM). But he was released, and in 1953 he joined Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft (DTG), a company founded by Deutsche Bank in 1890 to look after clients’ investments in American railroads. Four years later Goerdeler became a member or the Managing Board.

Part of his job was traveling Europe making alliances with other firms to better serve international clients. It was the 1970s when he met Pieter Klynveld and KKC firm. Goerdeler was just thinking about founding a more formal structure to serve European clients, so the meeting was a stroke of luck. The agreement on the foundation of Klynveld Main Goerdeler (KMG) was inked in July 1979.

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